Real Madrid will be presented with a glorious opportunity on Sunday against Espanyol on the road. Barcelona could only come up with a draw on Saturday, so that opens the door for a 2-point lead for Real Madrid. A poor performance by Barca led to a 2-2 draw versus Celta Vigo. Celta Vigo are a beatable club and Barca didn’t look interested in playing on Saturday.
Many turn to their aging core, but they still have enough talent to play better than what transpired on Saturday. Arthur Melo is now gone, as Barca and Juventus will swap Melo and Miralem Pjanic. Barca are a club with a 1-point lead in La Liga, but you would never know they’re first judging by their body language on Saturday.
Barca fans are obviously frustrated, and there is growing sentiment that it’s only a matter of time before Real Madrid overtake them at the top of the table. The situation may not be as dire as Barca supporters are making it out to be, there’s still a lot of football left to be played, but a draw against Celta Vigo is not a good look. There are six matches left on the schedule, so that leaves ample time to get things sorted out.
Real Madrid enters Sunday with a record of 20-8-3 and 68 points. Conversely, Barca are 21-6-5 with 69 points. That’s with one more game on their resume than Real Madrid, so we’ll have to wait for the result for Real today to get a clearer picture. Real are on the road today against Espanyol at RCDE Stadium. The worst thing that Real could do is look at what Barca did yesterday and believe they can slack off against an inferior foe.
What Real could do is use that match to their advantage as a lesson of sorts. Looking over any team and taking them lightly isn’t how you find success. They didn’t do that against Mallorca in their most recent performance. Real beat Mallorca by a score of 2-0, which extended a four-match winning streak since the shutdown. Their closest match was a 2-1 win against Real Sociedad last Sunday. The rust is gone for Real and it’s leaving Barca fans uneasy. Head below for our free Espanyol vs. Real Madrid pick for June 28, 2020 in La Liga.
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This fixture for Real Madrid is a matter of keeping their focus and composure. Overlook Espanyol and they’re looking at a draw on Sunday. Espnayol are dead last in La Liga with a record of 5-9-17 and 24 points. They are -24 in goal differential and a serious candidate to suffer relegation. Following the layoff during the lockdown, Espanyol have gone 1-1-2 with two losses and a win. Their win was against an equally bad club, Alaves, in the first match back from the break.
They are coming off a 1-0 loss against Real Betis on Thursday. Espanyol managed to put just one ball on target, so there’s a lot of work to do on Sunday against Real. Overall on the season, Espanyol has netted just 0.84 goals per match while conceding 1.61 goals in La Liga this season. They’ve been even worse defensively at home with 1.80 goals conceded, though the offence has been slightly better with 1 goal per match. The concern for Espanyol will be generating offence on Sunday. Real Madrid are first in La Liga with just 24 goals conceded in the 2019-20 campaign. That’s good for 0.68 goals conceded per match.
Espanyol must hope that Real come into Sunday without a care in the world. That kind of complacency could result in a closer than expected final score. However, Zidane likely has his boys focused and ready to take advantage of the failures by Barca on Saturday. This would be a huge win for Real Madrid, and I think Zidane should be able to translate that to his locker room prior to match time. If they treat Espanyol with respect, then a 2-0 or 3-0 win seems within reach on Sunday in Barcelona for Real.