With Real Madrid's victory yesterday, Barcelona can't win the league today, but they can take another step towards what feels like their inevitable title. Pep Guardiola has decided to save Carles Puyol for the upcoming Champions League final and will start Andreu Fontàs in the defense.
As for Espanyol, manager Pochettino's side is still struggling with injury issues, with Ivan de la Pena, Sergio Garcia, Raul Baena, David Garcia and Jesus Datolo all out. Despite that, it's a derby and there is always a higher level of motivation when Espanyol meet their local rivals.
RCD Espanyol XI: Idriss Carlos Kameni, Javi Chica, Jordi Amat, Raúl Rodríguez, Ernesto Galán; Javi López, Javi Márquez, Joan Verdú; José Callejón, Iván Alonso, Pablo Osvaldo
Bench: Cristian Alvarez; Luis Garcia, Rui Fonte, David López, Álvaro Vázquez, Albert Canal, Isaías Sánchez
Bench: José Pinto, Bartra, Éric Abidal, Seydou Keita, Thiago, Ibrahim Afellay and Jeffrén Suárez