Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos’ La Liga encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday
Real Madrid will look to maintain their lead over. Barcelona at the top of the First Division as they take Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.
Zinedine Zidane leads the league at one point of their rivals. But Los Blancos also have two games to play because of their participation. In the FIFA Club World Cup in December and the postponement of their match against Celta recently.
Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 in the Champions League at the Bernabeu on Wednesday evening, with Karim Benzema. Toni Kroos and Kazimir goal for the current European champion.
On Saturday. However, his attention back to the League and the visit of Espanyol.
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REAL MADRID INJURIES
Gareth Bale returns to the team of Real Madrid for the first time since November, and plans to play in the match against Espanyol.
French end suffered a sprained ankle against Sporting CP in the Champions League on 22 November and underwent surgery. But now is ready to return after nearly three months on the sidelines.
At the same time, Navas and Sergio Ramos beats Napoli caught and were expelled from the team coach Zinedine Zidane, while Danilo miss with Fabio Coentrao.
Gareth Bale Real Madrid Leganes La Liga
REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS
Toni Kroos returns to the suspended sentence after a 3-1 victory over Osasuna at the weekend. And the German midfielder, who scored a good goal against Napoli on Wednesday, Real Madrid will start on Saturday.
Toni Kroos Real Madrid
REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Navas misses the kick, so it will Casilla goal against Espanyol, with Pepe ready to go on Sergio Ramos (who went against Napoli with minor injuries) in central defense.
The coach Zinedine Zidane will also start Nacho on the left side to rest Marcelo, while Luka Modric was off campus, and instead must go to compatriot Kovacic in midfield – with Kazimir and Toni Kroos,
Zidane also gave Karim Benzema off and showed on Friday, which will start in attack Morata. Cristiano Ronaldo will be in the team, as usual, but Gareth Bale is likely to start on the bench after his time due to injury.
This does not mean that there is no other place in the side at hand, and the French coach may choose Asencio. Out of sight of the team at all in the last two games. Lucas Vazquez and Isco also in the fight for the final exit point.
Possible Real XI
ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS
Espanyol slipped to ninth in the table after losing 2-1 at home against Real Sociedad in La Liga at the weekend.
Quique Sánchez Flores just four points behind Villarreal, which occupies the sixth place. But the Catalans have won one of the previous five in all competitions.
Their best player this season, the Argentine Pablo Piatti, is expected to miss out through injury. Along with Pape Diop, but Victor Sanchez is available again after recovering from a muscle problem.
Baptistão Moreno Jurado Liga Espanyol
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Real Madrid has not lost against Espanyol in their last 20 matches at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga (17 wins, drawn by three). With their last defeat at home against the Catalans. Who returned in 1996.
Espanyol winless in 18 games against Real Madrid in La Liga (lost 15, tied three), their worst race against Los Blancos.
Against Espanyol last season, Cristiano Ronaldo was the best record against the club scored a league season (eight, in contrast to Lleida Telmo Zarra in 1950-51).
Espanyol had the least number of shots in the league this season (69). While Real Madrid has more than at home (208).