Real Madrid VS Espanyol Football Match Score 28 Aug 2022
Real Madrid will be bidding to make it three straight wins at the start of the 2022-23 La Liga campaign when they head to RCDE Stadium on Sunday evening to take on Espanyol. Los Blancos have beaten Almeria and Celta Vigo in their first two games of the season, while Espanyol have picked up only a point from their two fixtures with Celta and Rayo Vallecano. Espanyol were incredibly relegated from Spain’s top flight in 2019-20, but they returned to the top level at the first time of asking by winning the Segunda Division, and the Catalan outfit finished 14th in La Liga last term.
The White and Blues were only four points outside of the relegation zone in 2021-22, though, and there is no question that the supporters will be demanding an improvement this term. Now under the management of former Osasuna and Granada head coach Diego Martinez, Espanyol started their La Liga season with a 2-2 draw at Celta, but they could not build on the welcome point away from home, suffering a 2-0 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano last time out. Espanyol have a tough run of matches to come, facing Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Valencia in their next five, and it will be interesting to see where they are in the table heading into the September international break.
The four-time Copa del Rey winners beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the corresponding match last term, but they suffered a 4-0 defeat when they travelled to Bernabeu in April. Real Madrid, meanwhile, enjoyed an excellent 2021-22 campaign, winning La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup, and the challenge is for them to back it up this season. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were given a tough examination by newly-promoted Almeria on the opening weekend of the new La Liga campaign but managed to run out 2-1 winners.
The reigning champions were excellent at Celta last weekend, meanwhile, recording a 4-1 victory, with Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior and Federico Valverde on the scoresheet, and the two wins have left them in second position in the table behind Villarreal. Real Madrid will be aware of the challenge facing them this term in the shape of Barcelona, who have had a spectacular summer transfer window, but Ancelotti’s team are not believed to be planning anything dramatic late in the market despite allowing Casemiro to move to Manchester United.
Los Blancos will take on Espanyol and Real Betis in their next two league matches before the start of their Champions League campaign, with the holders drawn in Group F alongside RB Leipzig, Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk. Espanyol are sweating on the fitness of three players ahead of this match, with Pol Lozano, Raul de Tomas and Adria Pedrosa all doubts for the home side this weekend.
The Catalan outfit will also definitely be without the services of Sergi Gomez, who was shown a red card in his side’s 2-0 home defeat to Rayo last time out. Gomez’s absence will open the door for Fernando Calero to come into the back four, but there are not expected to be any changes elsewhere, with Ruben Sanchez again likely to join Joselu and Nico Melamed in the final third.
As for Real Madrid, Toni Kroos and Rodrygo were unavailable against Celta last time out due to illness and injury respectively, but the pair should be back for this match. Nacho is a slight doubt after missing a training session earlier this week with a muscular problem, although the defender has a chance of making the bench. Aurelien Tchouameni should continue in the middle, with Kroos likely to replace Eduardo Camavinga, while Valverde and Vinicius are again set to join Benzema in the final third of the field. Antonio Rudiger faces a battle to break into the starting XI in the league this season, and the summer arrival from Chelsea is likely to be on the bench once again.
Real Madrid will take on Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday and will be looking to secure an away victory this weekend. Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo, and the La Liga champions will be full of confidence here. Karim Benzema has looked in good touch, and Real Madrid will be expected to pick up a comprehensive win on their travels.Luka Modric, Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Karim Benzema were all on the scoresheet last time out, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be eyeing another goal-fest.
Meanwhile, Espanyol are coming into this game on the back of a defeat, and they will be under pressure to bounce back strongly. The hosts will be expected to put up a proper fight in front of their own fans, and it remains to be seen whether the players can stand up and deliver. Espanyol were beaten 2-0 by Rayo Vallecano in their last game. Furthermore, they had Sergi Gomez sent off as well. The home side are winless in the league so far, and they will need to improve a lot in order to grind out a result against the defending champions.
As for Real Madrid, they have picked up two wins from two league matches, and they will be confident of extending their 100 per cent win rate in the league this weekend. Carlo Ancelotti will demand a proper title defence this season, and Los Blancos cannot afford to drop points against teams like Espanyol. The home side have a number of absentees for this game. Former Real Madrid player Raul de Tomas, left-back Adria Pedrosa and midfielder Pol Lozano are ruled out with injuries. Centre-back Sergi Gomez is suspended and will miss out as well. Espanyol are likely to proceed with a partnership of Fernando Calero and Leandro Cabrera at the heart of their defence, with Oscar Gil and Brian Olivan as the full-backs.
Edu Exposito, Vinicius Souza and Sergi Darder are likely to be chosen as the midfield trio, and Joselu will spearhead the attack for the home side against Real Madrid, along with Nico Melamed and Keidi Bare. Real Madrid have no notable injury concerns, and it remains to be seen how Carlo Ancelotti sets up his side for this game. Toni Kroos and Rodrygo Goes were doubtful with knocks, but they are set to return. It is fair to assume that summer signing Aurelien Tchouameni will partner Kroos, Federico Valverde and Luka Modric in the middle.
At the back, Real Madrid should be able to field their usual back four of Ferland Mendy, Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. will lead the line for the visitors, with the two attackers also getting support from Federico Valverde. Real Madrid are a much better side compared to Espanyol, and they will be the favourites to pick up all three points. Los Blancos have won 24 of their last 29 meetings against Espanyol, and the hosts will need a bit of luck to get something out of this contest. However, Real Madrid have been leaky at the back on their travels, so Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba will have to be vigilant.