Real Madrid play Espanyol in the Spanish Primera Liga game on Sunday, 01 October 2017 at Santiago Bernabue and by the time they take the field, Barcelona might have stretch the lead at top of the table to 10 points which makes this game as must win for defending champions. Having won only three of the opening 6 games, Real Madrid already trail Barcelona by 7 points and anything but a win on Sunday will really put their title challenge in jeopardy so early in the season. The game kicks off at around 19:45 uk time and we will have extended match highlights right here on this page.
Real Madrid are struggling to get the consistency in their game but with Ronaldo back to full fitness they would hope to go on similar run of form like last season. They will have to anyway if they were to defend their La Liga crown. Barcelona are looking increasingly solid in the league and their 6 wins out of 6 represent a team who are playing for their manager.
Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol – 18 February 2017
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
33′ 1 – 0 Alvaro Morata scores in 33rd minute to finally break the deadlock and put Real Madrid in lead. However They did look unconvincing upfront missing number of chances.
84′ 2 – 0 Gareth Bale came on as second half sub to score on his return to first team action.
Real Madrid has scored 10 goals in the last 2 home matches while Espanyol has a abysmal away record having lost 9 away games including 5 straight away defeats leaving them in 14th place just 4 points away from relegation zone. The contrasting form set up a superb encounter and we might see another goal frenzy at Bernabue this sunday.
Team News & Possible Lineups: Sergio Ramos is expected to start alongside Rafael Varane while Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are set to make the back four. Gareth bale remain sidelined which means either Isco and James Rodrigues will start alongside Ronaldo, Benzema upfront with Modric and Kroos playing in deep midfield roles.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup. Confirmed team news should be out couple of hours before the kickoff.
Match predictions: Real Madrid has a superb home record losing only to Barcelona this season, they have scored 39 goals in the 11 games played so far at Santiago Bernabue and conceded just 10, only Barcelona can better Real’s home record in the league. So its hard to see Espanyol causing troubles for Real Madrid tonight. I am going with a 4-1 win for Real Madrid in this one with Ronaldo to grab a brace again.
Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 Match ]
45′ 0 – 1 James Rodriguez produced individual brilliance to beat couple of players before unleashing a low hard drive past Espanyol keeper to put Real Madrid 1-0 up just before the break. Cruel for Espanyol who played superb football forst best part of first 45 minutes.
71′ 0 – 2 Karim Benzema scores after the break to settle the game.