The battle atop the standings in La Liga continues Sunday as Real Madrid takes on bottom-ranked RCD Espanyol. Madrid holds the tiebreaker against FC Barcelona should this weekend’s results end with the clubs tied and has stayed hot since returning from coronavirus hiatus. The club has outscored opponents 10-2, winning all four of its matches since returning to play. Leading scorer Karim Benzema has played a big part in that, as has the recently returned Marco Asensio. Other starters good to go include Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, James Rodriguez, Eden Hazard and Toni Kroos.
Sunday’s match will air on beIN sports. You can watch the games for free online if you sign up for a free trial with Sling, fuboTV or Hulu + Live TV. The Sling trial is for three days while the Hulu + Live TV trial runs for seven days.
Real Madrid vs. Espanyol
Start time: 4 p.m. EST | Sunday, June 28
TV channel: beIN Sports (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.)
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Preview: Espanyol vs. Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
By Matt Law, Football Editor | 1d
Real Madrid will be looking to make it five La Liga victories in a row when they travel to the RCDE Stadium to face relegation-threatened Espanyol on Sunday night.
Los Blancos are currently top of the table, although Barcelona will have the chance to return to the summit when they face Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. Espanyol, meanwhile, are at the bottom of the division, eight points from safety with just seven games left.
Espanyol have not played outside of Spain’s top flight since the 1993-94 campaign, but the Catalan outfit are in serious danger of dropping into the Segunda Division for the 2020-21 season.
Indeed, a total of 24 points from 31 matches has left them rock bottom of the table, eight points from the safety of 17th, which is a concern at this relatively late stage of the campaign.
The Catalan outfit have only won five of their 31 league fixtures this term, while they will enter this weekend’s match off the back of successive defeats to Levante and Real Betis.
The fact that Espanyol will face Real Sociedad and Barcelona in two of their next three matches after Sunday’s clash makes it even more unlikely that they will be able to escape the bottom three.
A positive result against Madrid could kickstart their survival bid, though, and it is shaping up to be a fascinating evening of football at the RCDE Stadium.
Los Blancos, meanwhile, have been in excellent form since returning to action on June 14, putting four straight wins on the board against Eibar, Valencia, Sociedad and Mallorca.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are currently top of the division, although they are level on points with Barcelona, who will have the chance to return to the summit when they face Celta on Saturday afternoon.
Madrid have only lost three of their 31 league matches this season, while they have the best defensive record with just 21 conceded, which is an indication of their strength this term.
There is an argument that the capital side have an easier run-in than Barcelona, and another victory in this game would lead them nicely into their next clash with Getafe on July 2.
Madrid have won their last three La Liga matches against Espanyol, but they suffered a 1-0 loss when they travelled to the Catalan side during the 2017-18 campaign.
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