Espanyol will receive this week end Real Madrid in Cornella el Prat (Sunday 20:45). Real Madrid needs a victory if they want to maintain this position on the top of the table. Los Blancos will travel to Barcelona with many injuries and Zidane have to make changes in the starting 11.
Espanyol have not won so far in his 3 matches in la Liga. In the first match they lost against Sevilla and the next two games they tied against Málaga and Real Sociedad. The team manage by Quique Sánchez Flores are playing a good football but they are having many problems in defense, that´s why they are the third team with more goals received in La Liga.
Los Blancos will play their fourth match without two of the most important players in the squad. The injuries of Bale and Cristiano are the wirst news Real Madrid could have. Bale couldn´t finish the match of Champions League against Sporting of Lisbon because he had had a pain in his thigh,while the Portuguese striker ,will stay in Madrid because of an illness in his throat. With these tow injuries, Zinedine Zidane should believe in other players of the team.
James and Lucas Vázquez could be the two new players in the line-up. The Colombian midfielder has played very good games in the last weeks. In the match against Sporting of Lisbon, James entered in the last minutes losing 0-1 and he revolutionized the match giving an assist to Morata in the second goal. This could be a good opportunity for James to try to convince Zinedine Zidane he must play more minutes.
Last year Real Madrid won the two games they played against Espanyol. Los Blancos won in Barcelona 0-6 with five goals of Cristiano and at Bernabéu they repeated the same result. According to statistics Real Madrid will defeat Espanyol once again at Cornella.
Possible XI of Espanyol: Diego López, Javi López, David López, D. Reyes, V.Sánchez,S. Mata, H.Perez , Roca, Diop, Piatti, Gerard and Baptistao
Possible XI of Real Madrid: Casilla, Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal, Casemiro, Kroos, Asensio, James, Lucas and Benzema