Real Madrid aims to record its first home win in La Liga this season when they host Espanyol on Sunday.
The defending champions will enter the fixture at the back of an impressive display against Borussia Dortmund in midweek which saw them securing a 3:1 win – their first-ever victory at the home ground of the German club.
With the triumph serving as momentum, three points against 12th-placed Espanyol will definitely aid Los Blancos to close the seven-point gap between themselves and their rivals Barcelona who has taken a flying headstart after just six games.
An impressive last 10 days for @RealBetis_en…
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 25, 2017
STREAMING OPTIONS: WHERE TO WATCH REAL MADRID VS ESPANYOL
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo live in action on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The official live listings of selected countries below for Real Madrid vs Espanyol are listed by country, alphabetically:
- Canada at 2:45 PM ET on fuboTV Canada, beIN Sports Canada, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN SPORTS en Español, DAZN Canada
- Ghana at 6:45 PM UTC on SuperSport 7, Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique
- India at 00:15 AM IST on SONY TEN 2
- Nigeria at 7:45 PM WAT on SuperSport 7 Nigeria, Canal+ Sport 2 Afrique, SuperSport 7
- Portugal at 7:45 PM WET on Sport TV2
- Spain at 8:45 PM CET on Movistar Partidazo, Movistar+
- UK at 7:45 PM BST on SKY GO Extra, Sky Go UK, Sky Sports Football, NOW TV UK
- USA at 11:45 AM PT/2:45 PM ET on fuboTV, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS CONNECT U.S.A., beIN SPORTS USA
Once again, Zinedine Zidane will be counting on his men, particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, to do due diligence and emphatically secure all the three points with some good football on Sunday. The 32-year-old forward put in an incredible shift in the midweek’s Champions League stint and had his efforts rewarded with two fantastic goals.
Although he is yet to replicate his goalscoring form in the domestic league, statistics sourced from his previous encounters with the Catalonian club suggests that the Portuguese’s non-scoring jinx has the potential to be broken this weekend.
Today's training session ✅
— Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) September 30, 2017
The most notable landmark against the Periquitos was registered in the 2015/2016 where he registered a total of eight goals in the first and second round of league games (five goals away and three goals at home).
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is, however, yet to score against the Barcelona club since his unprecedented fate. In all, he has amassed 15 goals against the visitors since moving to Spain. His side is currently on 99 league wins against Espanyol and should they win the upcoming encounter, they will become the first team in La Liga history to reach 100 wins against the same opponent.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) September 30, 2017
On the other side of the spectrum, Quique Sanchez Flores’ side will, without doubt, attempt to soak up the pressure and become the latest opposition to frustrate the European champions at home.
The Catalans, after a shaking start, are back in fine form following victories against Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna, with a draw away at Villarreal in the mix. Still, meetings at the Bernabeu have rarely provided fond memories for Espanyol and as such, Sunday’s trip is expected to be a formality for Cristiano Ronaldo and co.