Real Madrid vs Espanyol – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – Saturday 22nd September – Kick off 7:45pm UK time
It’s second versus fourth, even if it is early in the season, on Saturday night as Real Madrid host Espanyol on matchday five of La Liga.
Real have recovered from last season’s calamity and the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to make a strong start to this season in the league and Europe with their only dropped points coming in a draw away at Athletic Bilbao.
Their opponents Espanyol have also began the season brightly with two wins from their four games, losing just once away at Alaves meaning they sit in the top four ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid.
Last season saw Espanyol pick up their first win over Los Blancos since 2007 with a last minute Gerard Moreno goal helping them win 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium but Real won the other meeting, 2-0 at the Bernabeu.
Dani Carvajal has an injury problem so will miss out tomorrow but Julen Lopetegui hopes he will be fit for the trip to face Sevilla in midweek. Alvaro Odriozola is expected to deputise for him at right back. Vinicius Junior will also be in the squad, according to Marca.
For Espanyol, David Lopez is the only player who will miss out on the game in Madrid with the rest of the team likely to stay the same as the side that beat Levante last weekend.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Ceballos; Asensio, Benzema, Bale
Espanyol (4-3-3): Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, Duarte, Hermoso, Didac; Granero, Roca, Darder; Baptistao, Iglesias, Garcia
Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol
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