After dropping yet more points last Sunday night, can Real Madrid close the gap at the top, even if only temporarily?
Last weekend, los Blancos could only draw 0-0 with Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarín.
Karim Benzema saw a stunning free-kick disallowed because the ball had deflected in off Antonio Rüdiger’s arm.
That’s now back-to-back league draws for Carlo Ancelotti’s team, who were also beaten by Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi in-between.
So, los Merengues are now nine points adrift the leaders, possibly set to put all their eggs in the Champions League basket in the not too distant future.
Ahead of the return leg against Liverpool on Wednesday, will Real Madrid get back to winning ways?
Espanyol meanwhile travel to the capital in 13th place, but just two clear of the relegation zone.
Diego Martínez’s men ended February with back-to-back wins, beating Elche and Mallorca, before last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Valladolid.
Given that Blanquiazules haven’t won at the Bernabéu since 1996, a home win seems likely.