Espanyol vs Real Madrid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos travel to Catalunya.
|Sunday 3rd October 2021
|16:15 (local time)
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Preview
Real Madrid travel to the RCDE Stadium this weekend, hoping to bounce back from a shock defeat in Europe in midweek. Historically they’ve enjoyed visiting this ground and they are usually well supported here too by what is a surprisingly large Real Madrid following in the city of Barcelona. The removal of all capacity restrictions means that may be the case again this weekend.
On the pitch, Espanyol will be hungry to put on a good display. It’s 6 points from 7 games so far for them with just the one solitary victory over Alaves to date. Other than that, they’ve had some quite tricky fixtures though and after this game they’ll have hosted both Madrid clubs and also travelled to the two Seville clubs with some considerably more winnable games to come following the international break.
Vicente Moreno will be hoping to be able to field something closer to his strongest XI then. Their start to the season has been hampered by injuries to the likes of Yangel Herrera and Javi Puado so we haven’t got a clear idea yet of what Moreno’s best team is going to be and how they will shape up. It’s only natural that caution may prevail in this kind of fixture with Raul De Tomas likely to lead the line on his own.
Real Madrid suffered one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history on Tuesday night, losing at home to Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol. It was their first defeat since the return of Carlo Ancelotti but the Italian will most likely not be losing much sleep over it. They had 31 shots in the game to their opponents’ 4, as well as 76% possession and on another night, the scoreline could have been heavily in Madrid’s favour.
However it was the second game in a row in which Madrid failed to score from open play, following on from the 0-0 home draw against Villarreal. Ancelotti will be hungry for a more clinical display here with Eden Hazard potentially returning to the team. Vini Junior has caught the eye this season but you sense Madrid may still need either Hazard or Bale to have significantly better campaigns if they are going to really become a force to be reckoned with again.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Espanyol Win.
- Real Madrid have won their last 4 games against Espanyol.
- They were 1-0 victors on their last visit in June 2020.
- Espanyol’s last win over Real Madrid came via a 1-0 margin on this ground in February 2018.
Javi Puado and Miguel Llambrich are out injured for the hosts. Yangel Herrera is nearing fitness but this game could still come too soon.
Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Gareth Bale and Marcelo are all out for the visitors. Toni Kroos could feature.
Predicted Espanyol Starting Lineup:
Lopez – Pedrosa, Cabrera, Gomez, Gil – Embarba, Lopez, Darder, Morlanes, Melendo – R.D.T. (4-5-1)
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Nacho, Alaba, Militao, Vazquez – Valverde, Casemiro, Modric – Vini, Benzema, Hazard (4-3-3)
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Espanyol 1-1 Real Madrid
Espanyol look at the very least like they are going to be competitive on their return to the top flight and they could get something from this game against a Real Madrid side that hasn’t enjoyed a good week. That over-reliance on Karim Benzema to win games and get them out of trouble is still there but he can’t be expected to do it every single match. Espanyol have players capable of asking questions and they look capable of scoring against an unconvincing Real Madrid defence.