Espanyol vs. Real Madrid: Real Madrid has started their La Liga title defense this season with two wins from two games in the opening fortnight.
Los Blancos’ plans have been affected by Casemiro’s move to Manchester United but Carlo Ancelotti is confident they can fight on all fronts in the coming months.
Hosts Espanyol did not start the campaign strongly with a point on the board from two matches as Diego Martinez’s charges lost to Rao Vallecano last weekend.
The trip to Catalonia traditionally brings with it a charged atmosphere for Real Madrid but they will be confident of securing a positive result in the blue and white half of Barcelona.
What time is Espanyol vs Real Madrid?
Espanyol plays host to Real Madrid at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It starts at 9 p.m. Sunday 28 August BST.
|Date||Sun, Aug 28||Sun, Aug 28||Sun, Aug 28||Mon, Aug 29|
|Time||21:00 BST||16:00 ET||16:00 ET||06:00 AEST|
How to watch Espanyol vs. Real Madrid
|TV channel||Premier Sports/La Liga TV||ESPN+||–||–|
|Streaming||Premier Sports/La Liga TV||ESPN+||TSN.ca||Optus Sport|
UK: Matches are carried on Premier Sports/La Liga TV streaming and TV platforms.
USA: Select La Liga matches are televised on ESPN+ with options available in English and Spanish.
Canada: Every La Liga game is live and on-demand exclusively through TSN.ca.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on-demand on Optus Sport.
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid predicted lineups
Espanyol will be without key defender Sergi Gomes through suspension following a red card against Rayo, serving a one-game ban.
Adria Pedrosa and Paul Lozano are both expected to miss out through injury and Martinez will be looking to freshen up his starting XI.
Espanyol Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Lecomte (GK) — Oliván, Cabrera, Calero, Gil — Darder, Souza, Exposito — Puado, Joselo, Sanchez
Casemiro was left out of the squad for last weekend’s win over Celta Vigo as he opted to move to Old Trafford, and was replaced by Aurelian Chauminy.
Chumini will start as part of an unchanged side if Toni Kroos fails a late fitness test, with Nacho Fernandez still out.
Real Madrid predicted line-up (4-3-3): Courtois (GK) — Mendy, Alba, Miltau, Carvajal — Camavanga, Chiumi, Modric — Vinicius Jnr, Benzema, Valverde.
Espanyol vs Real Madrid Betting Odds
With Real Madrid in form and Espanyol struggling, it looks like a straightforward call as a win in Catalonia this weekend.
Ancelotti will aim to get through this game with minimal fuss and Los Blancos have won six of their last eight league visits to the RCDE Stadium.
|UK(Sky Bet)||USA(DraftKings)||Canada(Sports Interaction)|
|Real Madrid Win||2/5||-240||1.41|
|Over 2.5 Goals||8/13||-160||1.58|
|Both Teams to Score||8/11||-125||1.70|