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  • May 17, 2014
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 51653
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Espanyol

Los Blancos end their Liga campaign out of contention, with an eye titled toward the UEFA Champions League final.

Real Madrid ends its Liga season against Espanyol on Saturday — but all eyes will be on another capital versus Catalunya clash at Camp Nou.

A run of three games without victory has ended any hopes Real had of winning La Liga, so its meeting with Javier Aguirre's side represents little more than an undercard clash ahead of the title-deciding bout between their archrivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which kicks off two hours later.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have taken just two points from their last three league fixtures, meaning they have gone more than two Liga games without winning for the first time since May 2009.

Real's poor run of domestic form has followed its stunning 4-0 UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg demolition of Bayern Munich.

And it is safe to say Ancelotti will now have more than one eye on next Saturday's Champions League showpiece with neighbor Atletico, when Real goes in search of its long-awaited 10th European crown.

That could mean top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed last Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo with a hamstring problem, is rested against Espanyol.

However, the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner — who has scored 50 goals in all competitions this season — may be keen to play, as he requires just one more strike to overtake Liverpool's Luis Suarez in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

Other injury concerns for Ancelotti include Angel di Maria (groin), Pepe (calf) and Raphael Varane (knee), although playmaker Xabi Alonso will likely play as he is banned for the Champions League final.

Despite the fact Real may field something of a second string at the Bernabeu this weekend, the club should still have too much for a midtable Espanyol outfit that has nothing to play for.

Aguirre's team has won just one of its last 10 Liga fixtures — a 2-1 victory at Malaga on March 25 — and appears to already be focused on its end-of-season holidays.

Furthermore, Espanyol has not won at the Bernabeu since April 1996, and has been beaten 1-0 by Real on three occasions already this season — once in La Liga, and twice in the clubs' Copa del Rey quarterfinal meetings.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Espanyol

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol Espanyol
79%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 0
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 1
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP

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