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:

October 21, 2017
Levante 12:00 Getafe
Real Betis 15:15 Deportivo Alavés
Valencia 17:30 Sevilla
Barcelona 19:45 Málaga
October 22, 2017
Villarreal 11:00 Las Palmas
Celta de Vigo 15:15 Atlético de Madrid
Leganés 17:30 Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid 19:45 Eibar
October 23, 2017
Real Sociedad 19:00 Espanyol
Deportivo De La Coruña 20:00 Girona
October 28, 2017
Deportivo Alavés 12:00 Valencia
Sevilla 15:15 Leganés
Atlético de Madrid 17:30 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 19:45 Barcelona
October 29, 2017
Getafe 13:00 Real Sociedad
Girona 17:15 Real Madrid
Eibar 19:30 Levante
Málaga 21:45 Celta de Vigo
October 30, 2017
Las Palmas 22:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
Espanyol 22:00 Real Betis

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 8 7 1 0 24 3 +21 22
2 Valencia 8 5 3 0 21 10 +11 18
3 Real Madrid 8 5 2 1 15 7 +8 17
4 Atlético de Madrid 8 4 4 0 13 5 +8 16
5 Sevilla 8 5 1 2 9 4 +5 16
6 Leganés 8 4 2 2 7 3 +4 14
7 Real Sociedad 8 4 1 3 19 17 +2 13
8 Villarreal 8 4 1 3 11 10 +1 13
9 Real Betis 8 4 1 3 17 17 +0 13
10 Celta de Vigo 8 3 2 3 18 13 +5 11
11 Athletic Bilbao 8 3 2 3 10 9 +1 11
12 Levante 8 2 4 2 8 10 -2 10
13 Espanyol 8 2 3 3 7 11 -4 9
14 Getafe 8 2 2 4 10 9 +1 8
15 Deportivo De La Coruña 8 2 2 4 9 16 -7 8
16 Eibar 8 2 1 5 3 17 -14 7
17 Girona 8 1 3 4 7 13 -6 6
18 Las Palmas 8 2 0 6 7 18 -11 6
19 Deportivo Alavés 8 1 0 7 3 12 -9 3
20 Málaga 8 0 1 7 4 18 -14 1

Spanish Primera Results

October 16, 2017
Las Palmas 2 - 5 Celta de Vigo
October 15, 2017
Real Betis 3 - 6 Valencia
Málaga 0 - 2 Leganés
Girona 1 - 2 Villarreal
Eibar 0 - 0 Deportivo De La Coruña
October 14, 2017
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Barcelona
Deportivo Alavés 0 - 2 Real Sociedad
Getafe 1 - 2 Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao 1 - 0 Sevilla
October 13, 2017
Espanyol 0 - 0 Levante
October 1, 2017
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Espanyol
Valencia 3 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
Villarreal 3 - 0 Eibar
Barcelona 3 - 0 Las Palmas
Real Sociedad 4 - 4 Real Betis
September 30, 2017
Leganés 0 - 0 Atlético de Madrid
Levante 0 - 2 Deportivo Alavés
Sevilla 2 - 0 Málaga
Deportivo De La Coruña 2 - 1 Getafe
September 29, 2017
Celta de Vigo 3 - 3 Girona

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