Espanyol-Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos target seventh straight Liga win

Jose Mourinho's side will aim to continue their good form at the Cornella-El Prat as they look ahead to Friday's Copa del Rey final against Atletico Madrid

Espanyol trio Cristian Alvarez, Felipe Mattioni and Simao will miss Saturday's Primera Division clash against Real Madrid.

Defender Mattioni and midfielder Simao are yet to return to training after sustaining calf injuries, while goalkeeper Alvarez is out with a torn hamstring.

Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil suffered an ankle injury in Wednesday's 6-2 win over Malaga and will miss the trip to the Cornella-El Prat.

Alvaro Arbeloa, Sami Khedira and Marcelo could all return from spells on the sidelines but Sergio Ramos is still out with a hamstring problem.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Espanyol are on a four-match winless run at home in La Liga (D3, L1).
  • Los Periquitos are on a 10-match winless run against Real Madrid, losing eight.
  • Espanyol's last home win over Real was a 2-1 triumph in October 2007.
  • Real Madrid have only won two of their last five away matches in all competitions (W2, D1, L2).
  • The Castilian giants are the only team to remain unbeaten at home across all competitions in Europe's top five leagues this season (W23, D5).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) scored the 200th goal of his Madrid career in the win over Malaga. He has achieved this feat in just 197 matches.