Real Madrid v Espanyol Sun 20:30
The managerial situation at Real Madrid may be under great scrutiny at the moment but the players and Jose Mourinho alike will be looking to put that behind them this Sunday when the La Liga leaders host Espanyol, as Betfred make Mourinho’ s side odds on favourites at the Bernabeu tonight
Numerous media outlets reported that Mourinho was spotted in London over the past week and was reportedly looking at housing in the city, fuelling reports that the Portuguese boss will leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
Regardless, the Madrid outfit remain ten points clear at the top of the Spanish top flight and won’t want to drop any needless points lest they surrender the title to current champions Barcelona, who are hot in their heels in second place.
One person who’s focus is firmly fixed on this weekend’s encounter is club stalwart Iker Casillas who, when asked about the future of his manager, stated: “I don’t know what every person will or won’t do. Nobody knows what can happen.”
Real currently hold the best form in the Primer Division having won their last nine league matches while Espanyol have seen a slightly different run of performances as of late.
The Barcelona-based side haven’t recorded a victory in three games and Mauricio Pochettino’s team will need to challenge Los Blancos this weekend if they are to get their bid for a Champions League spot back on track.
Espanyol currently sit in eighth place; disappointing considering they managed to remain in the top five of the competition for some five weeks since mid-January.
However, Los Periquitos can make the jump back into fourth spot with an away win on Sunday providing that several other fixtures go in their favour.
Espanyol have the fourth best away defence in the league, conceding just 1.25 goals per game on average when playing away from their home ground and will need to be on their best form if they are to stop a seemingly undeniable Real attack.