Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After dropping two points in a goalless draw with Real Betis, Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways when they take on Espanyol on Matchday 25. Los Blancos are eager to stay in the title race, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at los Periquitos. Dani Carvajal should replace Lucas Vazquez in the starting XI, while David Alaba remains in the recovery room. Fellow defender Ferland Mendy, though, should recover in time to face Espanyol.
The Catalans, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Real Valladolid, but seeing that Real Madrid are desperate to melt Barcelona’s advantage in the standings, home win should be considered. You should know that Espanyol suffered a loss in each of the previous eight meetings with Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. As for the away team, both Keidi Bare and Adria Pedrosa are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Highlighted Team (Espanyol):
Espanyol are a Catalan club that plays in Spanish La Liga. Espanyol were founded in 1900 and their original name was Sociedad Espanola de Football. In 1901 the Catalan club changed its name to Club Espanol de Futbol. Los Periquitos used to play in bright yellow shirts in the past, but current colour of the team’s home kit is blue and white.
Espanyol’s fiercest rivals are Barcelona and the two teams face each other in the Catalan derby (Derbi barceloni). Espanyol have always been in Barca’s shadow, but it has to be noted that los Periquitos have won four Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup trophies).
The likes of Raul Tamudo, Jose Maria, Antonio Argiles and Mauricio Pochettino are players with most appearances for the Catalan outfit. Espanyol play their home games at Estadio Cornella-El Prat and the capacity of the stadium is 40,500. Los Periquitos have never participated in the Champions League.