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  • May 11, 2013
  • • 21:00
  • • 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

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

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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.

Players to watch

Joan Verdú

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Espanyol

Real Madrid

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol Espanyol
Draw
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
22%
74%

Top 3 Predictions

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
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Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
0 - 3
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol ESP
1 - 4
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA

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