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  • October 2, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 38000
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La Liga Preview: Espanyol v Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's men will be looking for their first away win since the opening game of the season when they face Espanyol on Sunday, who have a 100 per cent home record


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ESPANYOL

Alvarez
Moreno, Forlin, Galan, Didac Vila
Javi Lopez, Romaric, Javi Marquez, Verdu
Rui Fonte, Sergio Garcia
REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Carvalho, Varane, Marcelo
Xabi Alonso, Khedira
 
Ronaldo, Ozil, Kaka
Higuain

The home side will be without the suspended Jordi Amrat and Walter Pandiani, so Ernesto Galan and Javi Marquez are expected to be recalled to the starting line-up for Espanyol.

Jose Mourinho is still without the injured Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Nuri Sahin, while Angel Di Maria is suspended for the visit to Estadi Cornella-El Prat. Kaka is expected to start after his impressive performance in the Champions League midweek.

The Madrid giants may also be without Karim Benzema who will face a late fitness test following a groin injury. Gonzalo Higuain will lead the line if the Frenchman is deemed unavailable.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Espanyol have come up against Real Madrid on 34 occasions, winning seven, drawing four and losing 23 of the games.
  • The Catalan club have a 100 per cent home record in La Liga this season, beating both Athletic Bilbao and Getafe.
  • In the 2006-07 season, Espanyol lost on penalties to Sevilla in the Uefa Cup final, becoming the only side in the competition's history to not pick up the trophy despite remaining unbeaten during 90 minutes.
  • Real Madrid have only won once on the road in La Liga this campaign, defeating Zaragoza 6-0 in the opening game of the season.
  • The last time these two teams met, Madrid ran out 1-0 winners in February of this year, courtesy of Marcelo's 24th-minute strike.
  • This season, the average time of Madrid's first goal in games has been 25 minutes.

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Available Squads
-Cristian AlvarezGoalkeeper
12Dídac VilàDefender
15Héctor MorenoDefender
6Juan Daniel ForlínDefender
16Javier López RodríguezDefender
-RomaricMidfielder
-Javi MárquezMidfielder
10VerdúMidfielder
7Raúl BaenaMidfielder
39Thievy BifoumStriker
9Sergio GarcíaStriker
13Kiko CasillaGoalkeeper
3Raúl RodríguezDefender
-Ernesto GalánDefender
-Jesús DátoloMidfielder
40Vladimir WeissMidfielder
35RUI FonteStriker
41AlfonsoMidfielder
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
12MarceloDefender
33Raúl Albiol Defender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
8KakáMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
7José Callejón Striker
39JoseluStriker
11Esteban GraneroMidfielder
1AdànGoalkeeper
Players to Watch
Cristian Alvarez
Cristian Alvarez
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The goalkeeper has been the side's No.1 this season, replacing the popular Carlos Kameni. Alvarez will need to be at his best if he is to keep Madrid at bay.
Kaká
Kaká
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Brazilian rolled back the years in the 3-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League midweek. The former Milan man will be looking to continue his form to win a regular starting berth.
Prediction
Jose Mourinho's men appear to have regained their confidence following wins over Rayo Vallecano and Ajax. Expect Madrid to have too much for Espanyol with the Catalan club's 100 per cent home record this season coming to an end.
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