Real Madrid vs Espanyol Predictions & Match Preview

Real Madrid vs Espanyol

Real Madrid vs Espanyol predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos aim to close the gap at the top.

DateSaturday 11th March 2023
Kick-Off14:00 (CET)
StadiumSantiago Bernabeu
CompetitionLaLiga

Real Madrid vs Espanyol Preview


Real Madrid stadium

Real Madrid kick off the weekend action in LaLiga with a home game against Espanyol. This was the fixture which saw Los Blancos clinch the title last term but it’s going to take a dramatic turnaround for them to successfully defend it this year.

It’s not that there has been a massive regression this season. Real Madrid still average 2.2 points per league game which would translate to 84 points over the course of a season. They comfortably won the Spanish League with 86 last season but Barcelona’s improvement and ability to consistently win without always sparkling leaves Carlo Ancelotti’s side 9 points off the pace with 14 games to go.

That’s a lot of ground to make up but they are going to need a good week prior to the international break to stand a chance. With Barcelona away to Athletic this weekend, Real Madrid have the potential to at least reduce the deficit and then they will surely need to win El Clasico at Camp Nou next Sunday to maintain a fighting chance of defending their title.

Espanyol will be hoping to spring a surprise here and their starting eleven does have a stronger feel to it now than was the case earlier in the season. Denis Suarez, Cesar Montes and Fernando Pacheco all arrived in January and have all slotted into the eleven and only 3 teams have taken more points from their last 8 games in LaLiga than Espanyol (13).

However it’d be an exaggeration to say they are now a fully convincing side. They were beaten by out-of-form Real Valladolid last time out and Diego Martinez is still experimenting a bit with his formation and structure. It’s likely to be a back three here with Denis Suarez perhaps playing behind a front two of Joselu and Martin Braithwaite who should ensure the visitors do carry at least some goal threat.


Team News & Possible Lineups


Real Madrid

INJUREDAlaba
DOUBTFULBenzema, Mariano
BANNED

Possible XI: Courtois – Nacho, Rudiger, Militao, Carvajal – Ceballos, Tchouameni, Valverde – Vini, Rodrygo, Asensio (4-3-3)

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Espanyol

INJUREDPedrosa
DOUBTFULDani Gomez, Bare, Olivan
BANNED

Possible XI: Pacheco – Cabrera, Gomez, Montes – Olivan, Souza, Darder, Gil – Denis Suarez – Joselu, Braithwaite (3-4-1-2)

Coach: Diego Martinez

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Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Espanyol


Real Madrid are set to be without Karim Benzema again but this is not a convincing Espanyol defence and it’s hard to see them keeping the defending champions quiet for long in this game. An away goal is a possibility but the points should stay in Madrid.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk