Real Madrid have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven competitive outings, but have lost only one of their last 24 home games in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have won their last seven consecutive league fixtures at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, leaving Espanyol with quite a task on their hands.
Espanyol’s impressive three-match winning run was ended away from home last time out, as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men sank to a 2-1 loss against Real Sociedad. NaijaBet.com
Real Madrid – Toni Kroos is available for league action once again after his ban, which will mean that Mateo Kovacic starts on the bench.
Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side against his former club.Sergio Ramos limped off after tweaking a muscle against Napoli midweek, but the Real Madrid captain could still start ahead of Pepe.
Espanyol – Pablo Piatti is still a doubt after training with a protective cap on this week following a fracture to his skull.
Marc Navarro is sidelined due to injury, which may see Diego Reyes forced out to play at right-back for the visitors.
Oscar Duarte will then make a rare appearance at centre-back, with Marc Roca ready to deputise for either Javi Fuego or Jose Antonio Reyes if necessary.
Real Madrid have won 11 of their last 13 matches (La Liga).
Real Madrid have seen over 2.5 goals in 13 of their last 14 home matches against Espanyol in all competitions.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 16 of their last 17 home matches against Espanyol in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid’s last 7 home games in La Liga.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 13 La Liga matches.
Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in 6 of their last 8 matches against Espanyol in all competitions.
Real Madrid have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 6 home matches (La Liga).
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