Real Madrid will hope to close the gap on Barcelona when they take on Espanyol this Sunday.
Los Blancos produced perhaps their best performance of the season in the league to beat Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu last weekend.
They followed that up with a 4-2 win over Girona in the Copa del Rey on Thursday to lift some of the gloom after an unsteady start to the year.
Los Blancos boast a strong record in this fixture and after some encouraging recent performances, we are backing the European champions to claim a win.
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Real Madrid head to Cornella El Prat on Sunday evening to face Espanyol in La Liga.
Santiago Solari’s side will be aiming to build on two impressive performances in their last two matches.
Having beaten Sevilla 2-0 in the league last weekend before overcoming Girona 4-2 in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Espanyol is one of the most out of form sides in the division, losing eight of their last nine league games.
In the last two matches, Real Madrid has shown some encouraging signs, controlling both games and scoring goals.
Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale both returned to full training on Friday after injury layoffs, handing the European champions a boost in attack three weeks before their Champions League last-16 tie with Ajax Amsterdam.
Spain international Asensio has been out for over a month with a thigh injury sustained during Madrid’s Club World Cup campaign.
While their record signing Bale has been sidelined since a 2-2 draw at Villarreal in early January with a calf problem.
Despite their pedigree, Asensio and Bale both face a daunting task in attempting to win a place back in the team ahead of Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr, who has spearheaded Madrid’s return to form in an otherwise disappointing season.
Santiago Solari’s side lies third in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, but earned a fourth win in five games in all competitions by beating Girona.
Toni Kroos and Marcos Llorente made their respective returns from injury on Thursday night for Real Madrid and both could come back into the starting eleven. Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio are also nearing comebacks.
Espanyol has problems at center-back with David Lopez, Oscar Duarte, and Naldo all missing.
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