​It's second against second from bottom in La Liga on Saturday, as Real Madrid host Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabéu. 


Zinedine Zidane's side trail league leaders Barcelona by a single goal as the standings remain tighter than ever at the top of the table. 

Unfortunately for Espanyol, things are not quite as tight towards the lower end of ​La LigaThe Catalan side are marooned in the relegation zone, five points off 17th place Mallorca. 


With a helping hand from Opta, here are all the important stats, facts and figures ahead of Saturday's La Liga clash.


Quite a Win Rate

Sergio Ramos

Matchups between these two sides have been one sided to say the least. ​Real Madrid have notched up a staggering 102 La Liga wins against Espanyol (D33 L35)​. 


No other team has won more times against a single opponent in ​La Liga history. Does anyone know the Spanish for 'can we play you every week?'.


History Favours Madrid

Karim Benzema

If Espanyol are to leave the Bernabéu with three points, they've got some pretty serious history to overturn. Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 23 home La Liga games against Espanyol (W20 D3) since losing 1-2 in April 1996.


Espanyol have also got some pretty serious present to overturn if they are to emerge victorious from Saturday's fixture; Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 22 games in La Liga at home under Zinedine Zidane (W17 D4) scoring three goals per game on average.


Not a Clean Sheet in Sight

Wu Lei,Oscar Melendo,Marc Roca,Bernardo Espinosa

It's been quite a while since Espanyol managed to keep Real Madrid out at the Bernabéu. It's been so long in fact, that none of the Real Madrid squad were even born the last time Espanyol kept a clean sheet in La Liga at in the capital: a 0-0 draw in December 1978 (Madrid have a a record of W31 D6 L2​ since). 


Well, there's no time like the present to change that sorry statistic. Unfortunately, Espanyol have lost their last two away La Liga games conceding three goals in both (0-3 in Bilbao and 1-3 at Wanda Metropolitano), while Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored five goals in his last six La Liga games against Espanyol, including a brace in their last fixture in January 2019.


And Up the Other End...

Pablo Piatti

So, a clean sheet for Espanyol has been deemed unlikely, but they can undoubtedly make up for that at the other end of the pitch.


Sadly, that does not seem like a huge possibility either, with Pablo Piatti the only current Espanyol player to have scored against Real Madrid in La Liga. The Argentinian has managed two goals in 18 games against Los Blancos in the league, the last one coming in December 2013 for Valencia. 


To be honest, a trip to the Bernabéu is the last thing Espanyol need right now.


Espanyol have earned just nine points in their 15 La Liga games this season, their joint-second worst tally in their top flight history after the 2003-04 season when they amassed eight.


Confirmed Lineups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius


Espanyol: ​Diego Lopez; Gomez, David Lopez, Espinosa, Calero, Vila; Roca, Granero, Darder; Wu, Calleri