Real Madrid vs Espanyol Preview

Real Madrid vs Espanyol 

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Date: 1st October 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT


Real Madrid are heading into a new month without a win at home – something that no one saw coming when they were cruising last season as well as the start of this new season.

They have reason to be positive ahead of this game as Espanyol remain a team they can beat any day and their midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund will have boosted their morale ahead of this match.

One cause of concern for Real Madrid in this game will be the struggle of their attacking players when they face off with teams that park the bus.

The likes of Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale usually struggle against teams like this but Zinedine Zidane will be planning a strategy that can help them breakthrough in this game.

Espanyol have impressed over the past year under the leadership of former Watford Manager Quiques Sanchez Flores.

They head into this game with a credible 7 points from their last 3 games.

In Pablo Piatti they have a talisman that is capable of providing individual moments of magic to stun the Bernabeu.

He scored 10 goals in the league last season and has started this season well.

He will no doubt be motivated by the big game environment and Real Madrid’s poor defence in this game.

Espanyol have lost all 10 of their last 10 meetings with Madrid scoring only 2 goals in those matches.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Madrid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Alavés 1-2 Real Madrid Sep 23, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis Sep 20, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Real Sociedad 1-3 Real Madrid Sep 17, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid 3-0 Apoel Nicosia Sep 13, 2017 UEFA Champions League
D Real Madrid 1-1 Levante Sep 9, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Espanyol 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Espanyol 4-1 Deportivo La Coruña Sep 24, 2017 Spanish Primera División
D Villarreal 0-0 Espanyol Sep 21, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Espanyol 2-1 Celta Vigo Sep 18, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol Sep 9, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Espanyol 0-1 Leganes Aug 27, 2017 Spanish Primera División

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol Feb 18, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid Sep 18, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Real Madrid 6-0 Espanyol Jan 31, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 0-6 Real Madrid Sep 12, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Espanyol 1-4 Real Madrid May 17, 2015 Spanish Primera División


Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

February 25, 2018
Villarreal 12:00 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao 16:15 Málaga
Valencia 18:30 Real Sociedad
Sevilla 20:45 Atlético de Madrid
February 26, 2018
Levante 21:00 Real Betis
February 27, 2018
Espanyol 20:00 Real Madrid
Girona 21:30 Celta de Vigo
February 28, 2018
Málaga 19:30 Sevilla
Getafe 19:30 Deportivo De La Coruña
Athletic Bilbao 19:30 Valencia
Eibar 21:30 Villarreal
Atlético de Madrid 21:30 Leganés
March 1, 2018
Real Betis 19:30 Real Sociedad
Las Palmas 21:00 Barcelona
Deportivo Alavés 21:30 Levante
March 3, 2018
Villarreal 13:00 Girona
Sevilla 16:15 Athletic Bilbao
Leganés 18:30 Málaga
Deportivo De La Coruña 18:30 Eibar
Real Madrid 20:45 Getafe

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 25 20 5 0 68 12 +56 65
2 Atlético de Madrid 24 16 7 1 36 9 +27 55
3 Real Madrid 25 15 6 4 62 27 +35 51
4 Valencia 24 14 4 6 47 28 +19 46
5 Sevilla 24 12 3 9 31 35 -4 39
6 Villarreal 24 11 5 8 35 29 +6 38
7 Celta de Vigo 25 10 5 10 43 37 +6 35
8 Eibar 25 10 5 10 32 38 -6 35
9 Girona 25 9 7 9 35 36 -1 34
10 Getafe 24 8 9 7 29 21 +8 33
11 Real Betis 24 10 3 11 41 50 -9 33
12 Leganés 25 8 6 11 21 28 -7 30
13 Real Sociedad 24 8 5 11 46 45 +1 29
14 Athletic Bilbao 24 6 10 8 24 27 -3 28
15 Espanyol 25 6 10 9 22 32 -10 28
16 Deportivo Alavés 25 9 1 15 22 37 -15 28
17 Levante 24 3 11 10 21 38 -17 20
18 Las Palmas 25 5 4 16 18 52 -34 19
19 Deportivo De La Coruña 25 4 6 15 24 53 -29 18
20 Málaga 24 3 4 17 15 38 -23 13

Spanish Primera Results

February 24, 2018
Barcelona 6 - 1 Girona
Leganés 0 - 0 Las Palmas
Real Madrid 4 - 0 Deportivo Alavés
Celta de Vigo 2 - 0 Eibar
February 23, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 0 - 0 Espanyol
February 21, 2018
Leganés 1 - 3 Real Madrid
February 19, 2018
Getafe 3 - 0 Celta de Vigo
February 18, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 5 Real Madrid
Espanyol 1 - 1 Villarreal
Atlético de Madrid 2 - 0 Athletic Bilbao
Real Sociedad 3 - 0 Levante
February 17, 2018
Málaga 1 - 2 Valencia
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Deportivo De La Coruña
Eibar 0 - 2 Barcelona
Las Palmas 1 - 2 Sevilla
February 16, 2018
Girona 3 - 0 Leganés
February 12, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 0 - 1 Real Betis

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