Primera Division Gameweek 8
Oct 3, 2021 KO: 14:15

Espanyol - Real Madrid

RCDE Stadium Cornellà de Llobregat
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra
Raúl de Tomás 17'  
Aleix Vidal 60'  
  71' Benzema

Match preview

Benz to lead strong Blancos – How Real Madrid could line up against Espanyol

Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid are seeking to bounce back in La Liga after a couple of surprising setbacks

Real Madrid face Espanyol in La Liga on Sunday with the intent to bounce back from a couple of disappointing results.

First, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were held to a scoreless draw at home against Villarreal before they were part of a sensational midweek upset as they were defeated 2-1 at home by FC Sheriff in the Champions League.

Previously, Madrid had been in rampant form, including heavy wins over Mallorca and Celta Viga at home and tight victories away to Valencia and Inter. It is this level of form they will be seeking to get back to as they attempt to preserve first spot in La Liga.

Defensively, the same issues remain. Dani Carvajal is on the sidelines at right-back, while on the left both Marcelo and Ferland Mendy are likely to be laid up. Nacho and Guti are likely to take their spots.

Otherwise, it should be about the classic starting XI from Ancelotti, who will see Thibaut Courtois’ goal protected by Eder Militao and David Alaba in the centre of the defence.

Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos are tipped to start in midfield, with Eduardo Camavinga dropping to the bench after making a start in midweek.

Offensively, Gareth Bale is still on the sidelines, so Eden Hazard and Vini Jr should feature from the beginning. The Brazilian is in especially eye-catching form.

However, it is Karim Benzema who has been the star of the show for Madrid so far this term. With eight goals and seven assists in the league, he has made a better start to a season than even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ever managed and is the in-form player not just in Madrid or Spain, but the whole of Europe at present.

Naturally, the France international star will lead the line in this encounter.

Possible Real Madrid starting XI vs. Espanyol

Recent Ratings

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  Average Match Rating  
6.8
  Home  
6.6
6.5
  Away  
6.7
6.7
  Total  
6.7

Match statistics

Espanyol
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
11
Draws
6
7
Losses
5
2
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
33
38
Goals Per Game
1.65
1.90
More > 2.5 Goals
10
10
More > 3 Goals
6
6
Scored First in a Match
10
9
Scored Both Halves
9
4
Won More > 1 Goal
7
6
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
15
17
Did Not Score
7
5
Both Teams Scored
7
10
Kept Clean Sheet
9
9
Won Without Conceding
6
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
656
788
Possession
59
59
Passes
480
603
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
15
Shots on Target
4.55
5.40
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.12
Crosses
20
20
Offsides
2.18
2.20
Penalties
0.20
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.45
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
14
14
Interceptions
9.15
10.00
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
13
11
Total Shots Conceded
9.25
11
Shots on Target Conceded
2.74
3.75
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.10
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
11
Yellow Cards
1.85
2.00
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

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