Preview -Real Madrid vs Espanyol 23 September 18

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Sep 22, 2018, 04:59 AM Last Edit: Sep 22, 2018, 05:17 AM by Harry85
Match Day 5
Real Madrid vs Espanyol
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid:   
Last five matches form: D W W W D
Average goals per match: 2.75
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (4)

Last five matches form: W D W L W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 0.75
Top Scorer: Five players on one goal

Real Madrid suffered their first minor blip in La Liga last weekend when being held to a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao. Buoyed by an impressive win over Roma in the Champions League in midweek they bid to keep the good times rolling in this contest at home against Espanyol.

This promised to be something of a season of transition for Real, but so far they have looked at least the equal of last seasons side in all honesty. Looking very solid overall, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have combined admirably in replacing the goals of CR7, with Isco looking every inch the superstar at present in behind.

Espanyol have started in encouraging enough fashion themselves in winning two of their four games to date. Those two victories did come at home though and with just a point to show from trips to Celta Vigo and Alavés, they will be big outsiders to pick up anything other than a beating in this one.

Real won this game 2-0 this season, but Espanyol did turn the tables when coming out on top 1-0 on home soil.

This likely won't be plain sailing for Real against an Espanyol side who play some good stuff at times. We really like this Lopetegui version of Madrid though and expect them to find a way to win.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Espanyol


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  17 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 3
Possession: 65% - 35%

Nacho and Casemiro were booked for the home side, with referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz also taking the names of Marc Roca and Javi Lopez of Espanyol.

Not scintillating from Real Madrid as they never really threatened to put in the type of performance which saw them repeatedly take Roma apart in the Champions League in midweek. That was perhaps partly down to Gareth Bale being given the night off. They did nevertheless get the job done though against this fairly spirited Espanyol side.

Marco Asensio is slowly but surely becoming an integral member of this Real Madrid side, and it was he who grabbed what ultimately turned out to be the only goal of the game in the 26th minute. Luka Modric's shot from the edge of the area not getting far before taking two deflections into the path of Asensio lurking in the left hand side of the area. Plenty of time to control and pick his spot right into the bottom right corner. Smart finish.

Modric went close to adding a second for Real in the second half when seeing an effort well saved at the near post.

Espanyol were then presented with their best chance of the game via a rare howler from Sergio Ramos. Careless on the ball around 20 yards from his own goal, the Madrid captain gifted possession to Borja Iglesias. The frontman's lobbed effort had the keeper beaten all ends up but was kept out by the crossbar.

With Barcelona slipping up and only drawing on Match Day 5, Real Madrid now move level on points with the defending champions and sit second only on goal difference. Espanyol slip down to eighth on the back of this defeat.

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