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Real Madrid vs Espanyol, 2017 La Liga: Team news, predicted lineups and prediction

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Will Achraf start?

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Real Madrid host Espanyol in what will be a complicated game for Los Blancos because of how many injured players they have.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Keylor Navas, Achraf, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Modric, Isco, Marco Asensio, Ronaldo.

Espanyol predicted XI: Lopez, Navarro, Lopez, Hermoso, Aaron, Darder, Fuego, Diop, Jurado, Gerard Moreno, Leo Baptistao.

Some reports from Spain indicate that Bale could be starting in today’s match even though he did not complete a single training session after Madrid’s 1-3 win against Dortmund in the Champions League, so he could probably be rested.

Zidane might be forced to start the young and inexperienced Achraf Hakimi after Madrid revealed that Carvajal will need to spend some time on the sidelines with an illness. As soon as Theo Hernandez or Marcelo make their return Nacho Fernandez will most likely be the one playing on the right side of the defensive line.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

Date: 10/01/2017

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45 am Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), Sky Sports Football (UK), Canal+ Partidazo (Spain).

Available Streaming: BeIN Sports (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo x2) - 0 Espanyol