Real Madrid head to Espanyol this evening looking for their first away win since the opening game of the season after a mixed start to the new campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s men have won both home games so far, but on the road it has been a different story.
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They started off superbly with a 6-0 hammering of Real Zaragoza, but this has been followed with a 1-0 defeat at Levante and a 0-0 draw with Racing Santander in the most recent away game.
There is no doubt they will be hoping for a performance more similar to the opening game of the campaign than the last two.
Six goals in away match, followed by none in the last two – it seems fair to say you don’t quite know what to expect from this Real Madrid team.
As for Espanyol, they are down in 15th as things stand with two victories and three defeats so far in this campaign. The pattern to their success has been clear though – they have won both home games and lost all three away games.
They would love this to continue against Madrid this evening of course and if they did, it would move them to within a point of the Spanish giants.
This fixture ended in a 1-0 victory to Madrid last season and Mourinho would be more than happy with this again. Three points is the main thing as they attempt to play catch up with the teams leading the way in Primera Liga.
Looking at the team news for this one, Madrid are without the injured Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Nuri Sahin, while Angel Di Maria is suspended. Kaka should start though as will Cristiano Ronaldo who has already netted seven times this season.
For Espanyol, Jordi Amrat and Walter Pandiani are suspended, meaning that Ernesto Galan and Javi Marquez will come in for the home side.
Overall, this should be a good contest to watch with both teams likely to attack from the off. It gets underway at 9pm this evening.