Real Madrid intention to return to profitable methods after they journey to Catalonia to face Espanyol on Sunday, after two poor ends in La Liga and the Champions League.
Carlo Ancelotti’s males have made one of the best begin to the brand new season of all Spanish golf equipment, though they had been held to a 0-0 draw by Villarreal of their latest home journey, after which suffered a humiliation by a stunning 2-1 house win over Moldovan women Sheriff .
The Italian coach will need to see a superb response from his gamers on Sunday, and they’re going to take their probabilities in opposition to an Espanyol aspect that has barely lit up the world in La Liga thus far.
It’s time for Madrid to proceed their title problem in opposition to the budgies, however weaknesses of their sport have begun to lift their heads. Can they return to the profitable path?
Here is a 90 minute preview of the good sport.
When is it kick off? Sunday 3 October, 15:15 (BST)Where is the match performed? RCDE StadiumTV channel / livestream? La Liga TV (UK) ESPN + (USA) Judge? TBC
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Ancelotti could determine to make some modifications to the aspect that misplaced to the Sheriff in the midst of the week, however accidents in key positions depart little room for maneuver. However, Lucas Vazquez might be set to return to motion and resolve the most important drawback with the fitting again position.
His return implies that Federico Valverde might be moved into midfield, although he faces the powerful competitors of Luka Modric for that place. Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr could man the flanks once more, whereas Karim Benzema is the primary title on the staff journal.
Herrera could not match / Fran Santiago / Getty Images
Newly marketed Espanyol might be left to do with out Miguel Llambrich, whereas Manchester City loanee Yangel Herrera is dealing with a race in opposition to time to qualify for this massive conflict.
Manu Morlanes can step into midfield, whereas former Blancos youth star Raul De Tomas ought to lead the road.
Spanish: Diego Lopez; Gil, Cabrera, Gomez, Pedrosa; David Lopez, Darder, Morlanes; Vidal, De Tomas, Embarba
Real Madrid: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Nacho, Modric, Casemiro, Asensio; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
Casemiro the Hero / David Ramos / Getty Images
Madrid boasts a first rate victory in 4 matches over Espanyol in La Liga, and hopes to prolong the race to 5 matches this weekend. Their final assembly in 2020 led to a 1-0 victory for Los Blancos, with Casemiro the unlikely hero of the day.
Espanyol’s final league success over Real got here in 2018, when an damage win from Gerard Moreno gave the underdogs all three factors. That win, nevertheless, stays Espanyol’s solely level claimed in opposition to Madrid in ten conferences, however the Spanish giants crossed to 9 victories throughout that point.
On the outcomes listing? / JAVIER SORIANO / Getty Images
Madrid don’t go to many matches with out a win, and two in all competitions is a line that they have an inclination to get out of in a short time. Espanyol remains to be adapting to life again in the highest flight, and though the followers will handle this, the gamers face an enormous problem.
In the top, we see that Madrid’s particular person high quality is sufficient to make them win, however they will battle to run away with it. When Benzema is concerned, there are all the time objectives, so we would like a 2-1 victory for the away staff on Sunday.
Prediction: Espanyol 1-2 Real Madrid