Real vs Espanyol: Team News, Possible XI, H2H & Prediction

High flying Real Madrid will square up against Espanyol in the La Liga as they aim to claim three points to go top of the Las Liga table against the Catalonia team on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu. TEAM NEWS:REAL MADRID:Los Merengues will be without a host of players against Espanyol, it is no longer news that Marcos Asensio will not be included in the squad he faces a lengthy spell on the treatment table due to a knee injury.Eden Hazard will miss the clash due to a minor bruise he sustained against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.James Rodriguez is also down with knee injury and he is expected to miss the clash against Espanyol.Lucas Vazquez suffered a broken during the FIFA international break and he is yet to gain full fitness While Marcelo is struggling with a calf injury and he is expected to be for three weeks.Gareth Bale is a doubt for the clash too, he is yet to train with the team this week due to a minor injury. Nacho could get some minutes having returned from a knee injury.ESPANYOL:Pablo Machin will be without Javi Lopez, Facundo Ferreyra, Matias Vargas and Naldo for the clash against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.Victor Sanchez will be available for selection after serving his one-game suspension.HEAD TO HEAD:Obviously Real Madrid had a better head to head record against the Catalonia team, Los Blancos have a record of 38 wins and six draws against Espanyol who has only just 8 wins against their La Liga rival.RECENT FORMREAL MADRID:Zinedine Zidane’s men are in great form at the moment having done exceeding well in their last six games, Real Madrid had four wins and two draws in their last six games .They have shown they can compete in all competition once again after their recent performances in the previous games.ESPANYOL:The Catalonia team has not been in their best form season so far, their last six games have just one victory, three defeats and two draws.They are on the relegation zone on the La Liga table, having just earn nine points from 15 games in La Liga this season.POSSIBLE LINE-UPS:REAL MADRID:Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, IscoESPANYOL:Diego Lopez; Calero, Espinosa, David Lopez; Roca; Pedrosa, Darder, Melendo, Avila; Wu, CalleriPREDICTION:Real Madrid 3-1 Espanyol

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