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Real Madrid-Espanyol LaLiga 2018 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs, Prediction

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Real return to LaLiga action against Espanyol

Espanyol v Real Madrid - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Match Preview

Real Madrid will stay at the Bernabéu for Saturday’s match against Espanyol. Real played Wednesday in Madrid against Roma, their first Champions League match of the season. For LaLiga, they’re coming off a 1-1 draw with Bilbao, their first non-win of the season. Espanyol are 2-1-1 coming into this match and coming off of a 1-0 win over Levante.

Real have a hefty schedule coming up this next week, they travel to Andalusia on Wednesday to take on Sevilla and then back to the Bernabéu for Atlético next Saturday.

This Saturday’s match against Espanyol might be Real’s best chance to take all 3 points in the coming week of play. Real are currently the favorites for this match and it is crucial they continue to pick up points as the schedule gets tougher, as it does this next week. It is even more crucial since Barcelona have yet to lose or draw so far.

Injuries/Suspensions

There’s still no update on Jesus Vallejo, so he is still out of action. Dani Carvajal is also questionable after missing training Friday morning, meaning he’ll likely be well-rested for the Sevilla match.

Espanyol will be without David López and Javi Puado for Saturday’s match.

There are no suspensions for either club for this match.

Potential XIs

Real Madrid

Navas; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Ceballos, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Vazquez, Mariano

There are a few options Julen Lopetegui could choose to go with for the Espanyol match, especially with a tough Wednesday match scheduled. Odriozola will start if Carvajal is resting. Keylor Navas played against Roma on Wednesday and may start Saturday since Courtois has started in the last two LaLiga matches. One of Varane and Ramos could be swapped for Nacho for rest.

For the midfield, Ceballos could get another start over Modric or Casemiro. Isco started against Roma, Asensio may be put back on the left side. Bale could even be rested for Lucas Vázquez as a possibilty. Benzema may be given rest for Mariano, who scored against Roma in injury time.

Espanyol

Diego López; Javi López, Naldo, Hermoso, Vilà; Darder, Roca, Granero; Baptistão, Iglesias, Garcia

Prediction

Real Madrid-Espanyol 2-1

As previously mentioned, this is Real’s best chance this week to take home all 3 points. While it’s obviously not conceding losses or draws to Sevilla and Atlético, it’s going to be harder to get all available points in those matches. So, don’t be surprised if Saturday’s match turns into a big rest day.

Being at home again, Real Madrid are the likely favorites for this match and being at the Bernabéu does give them a confidence boost. It should be interesting to see who Lopetegui chooses to go with, it could turn out that nobody really rests against Espanyol besides Carvajal perhaps.

Full confidence that Real can take some points from this match going into their Wednesday road trip.