Real Madrid look to stay top of LaLiga against Espanyol away

Real Madrid face Espanyol (8:45pm CEST) in their second LaLiga away fixture. The Whites, who are the only team unbeaten so far in the campaign, are looking to get their fourth win in a row at the RCDE Stadium in order to stay top of LaLiga.

The schedule offers the Whites no respite, as this is their third game in eight days, following their authoritative win against Osasuna (5-2) and victory against Sporting CP (2-1). There are still another three games to be played this September. Villarreal and Las Palmas, in LaLiga, and Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League, are their upcoming opposition.  

Up for the record number of wins in a row 
They will also be playing to top part of the club’s history: notching a sixteenth straight win in the competition. A fantastic run for the Whites, which last after their win against Osasuna last Saturday saw them equal the club current best of 15 which was recorded in the 1960-61 season, between match days 11 and 25, with Miguel Muñoz at the helm.
“We will be facing tough opposition, it will be difficult, but we have rested up and we are ready for tomorrow”, stated Zinedine Zidane in his press conference, in which he named his  19 man squad. Highlights included the return of Isco and the absence of both Cristiano Ronaldo, due to flu and Gareth Bale after he suffered a knock in the Champions league fixture.  

Fresh and ready with goals aplenty
Defeat in the league opener and two draws in a row is how Espanyol come into the game, the team are scoring at will. In fact, they have found the net in all three games, scoring seven goals in the process.

With Quique Sánchez Flores at the helm for his first season with the club, the Catalan side have strengthened, bringing in Baptistao, Piatti, Jurado, Álvaro Vázquez, Reyes, Demichelis, Diego López and Javi Fuego.

source: realmadrid

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