Preview: Espanyol vs Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
Real Madrid will look to bounce back from their surprise 2-1 home loss to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League when they continue their La Liga away campaign against Espanyol on Sunday afternoon.
The Whites were shocked by their Moldovan opponents at the Bernabéu on Tuesday, while Espanyol will also enter the match after a loss, after losing 2-0 to Sevilla in the league last weekend.
Espanyol were relegated from La Liga at the end of the 2019-20 season, having accumulated just 25 points from 38 games during a disastrous campaign, but the club secured an immediate comeback by winning the Second Division last season, and will now seek to consolidate on this level once again.
A record of one victory, three draws and three defeats in seven league games this season has led the Catalan team to accumulate six points, which has left them in 14th position in the table.
Espanyol’s first win of the campaign came at home to Alavés on September 22, when Raúl de Tomás found the back of the net from the penalty spot in the 54th minute of the game.
However, Vicente Moreno’s men could not take advantage of the victory, as they lost 2-0 in Seville last Saturday, and the Whites and Blues now have another tough game before the international break.
Espanyol have lost 13 of their last 14 La Liga matches against Real Madrid, but managed a 1-0 win over the capital giants at home during the 2017-18 campaign.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will enter the game after a 2-1 home loss to the Sheriff in the Champions League on Tuesday night; Carlo Ancelotti’s side recovered from a setback in the first half to equalize the score in the 65th minute, but Sebastien Thill scored a winning goal in the 89th minute for the tournament’s debutants.
The result will be one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history, but Los Blancos beat Inter Milan in their first section match, while a positive start to their La Liga campaign has left them atop the the board. having collected 17 points in seven games.
Real Madrid drew goalless against Villarreal at the Bernabéu last weekend but have been strong in their travels this season, beating Alavés, Real Betis and Valencia, as well as drawing with Levante, in an undefeated start, which it has helped them to the summit.
Ancelotti’s team has a very busy end of October, as they will face Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Osasuna and Elche in the League, as well as face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, and it will be fascinating to see what they can achieve. The whites. finished.
Real Madrid could drive a healthy wedge over Atlético de Madrid this weekend, as Diego Simeone’s team host Barcelona, but Real Sociedad, who are in second place, and Sevilla, who are third, they are currently the closest rivals to the 34-time La Liga champions at the table.