clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

CONFIRMED lineups: Real Madrid vs Espanyol, 2017 La Liga

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Real Madrid CF v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid host Espanyol before what will surely be a tough away match against Valencia next Wednesday.

Real Madrid starting XI: Casilla, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Nacho, Kovacic, Kroos, Isco, Vazquez, Ronaldo, Morata.

Espanyol starting XI: Lopez, Reyes, Duarte, Lopez, Caricol, Fuego, Diop, Perez, Reyes, Jurado, Moreno.

Zidane has decided to rotate his squad and players like Marcelo and Casemiro will be on the bench, just like Gareth Bale, who is hoping to step back on the pitch after missing the last three months with an ankle injury.

This is a good chance for Isco and Morata, who had been wanting more minutes lately. It's clear that they want to be on the pitch against bigger opponents, but performing well against Espanyol would be their first step towards regaining an important role within the team.

It will be important for Madrid to keep control of the game after their good win against Napoli last week.

How to watch

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), BeIN Sports (Spain).

Available streaming: BeIN Sports Connect (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madridgame with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a huge offer for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

For listings in other countries, check out

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Managing Madrid Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Real Madrid news from Managing Madrid