Real Madrid host Espanyol in what they’ll try to make their first home win of this young La Liga season. Los Blancos will be without Marcelo, Theo Hernandez, Dani Carvajal, Mateo Kovacic, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, meaning that they’ll have a depleted defensive line where they’ll need the likes of Nacho Fernandez or Achraf Hakimi to step up and deliver.
It clearly seems that the home match against Espanyol should be the one game where Los Blancos finally earn the three points at home, but things could get ugly if they lack the accuracy they need to get the lead.
There’s a FIFA break right after this game so Zidane will almost surely deploy his best available team knowing that some players will recover during these two weeks.
Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45 am Pacific.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.
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Real Madrid starting XI: Keylor Navas, Achraf, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Modric, Isco, Marco Asensio, Ronaldo.
Espanyol starting XI: Pau López; Sergio Sánchez, David López, Mario Hermoso, Aarón; Marc Roca, Javi Fuego, Jurado, Darder, Baptistao, Gerard Moreno.