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May 11, 2013 9:00 PM BST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
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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

By Karthick Arvinth

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
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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.

  • 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.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
6Juan Daniel ForlínDefender
15Héctor MorenoDefender
16Javier López RodríguezDefender
11Joan CapdevilaDefender
19Diego Daniel ColottoDefender
4Víctor Sánchez MataMidfielder
9Sergio GarcíaStriker
-Cristian AlvarezGoalkeeper
3Raúl RodríguezDefender
17Víctor Guillermo Álvarez DelgadoDefender
-Sergio TejeraMidfielder
7Raúl BaenaMidfielder
17Martin PetrovMidfielder
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
Players to Watch
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
19 2 1 0
The 30-year-old midfielder is Espanyol's top scorer in La Liga this season with nine goals, and his performances have been a key factor in the club's revival under Javier Aguirre. Verdu will hope to put in a good performance and help Espanyol bounce back from the heavy defeat at Sevilla.
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
27 28 4 1
The Portugal international shrugged aside rumours of a summer return to former club Manchester United to net his 200th goal for Real Madrid in the 6-2 win over Malaga. Ronaldo will be out to extend his goalscoring form as his team bids to end the season on a high.
Real were sensational in the demolition of Malaga and they will want to continue winning games to keep away the media circus that is threatening to undermine the club. Espanyol have little to play for after securing their top-flight status for next season and could fall to a third-straight defeat.
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
17 0