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Espanyol host reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight on Sunday night.

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The second side of Catalonia needed a 98th-minute penalty to earn their only point of the season thus far, denying Celta Vigo at the death in the opening game of the campaign. Real Madrid romped past the Galicians 4-1 last weekend, recording a second successive win to start the defence of their league title.

Here’s everything you need to know about the meeting between this pair.

Channel: Premier Sports 1
Streaming Service: LaLigaTV
Streaming Service: Premier Player
Broadcast Time: 20:30 (BST)

Streaming Service: ESPN+
Broadcast Time EST: 16:00
Broadcast Time PST: 13:00

Channel: TSN
Streaming Service: TSN App
Broadcast Time (EST): 16:00

Where can you watch Espanyol vs Real Madrid Highlights?

Channel: Premier Sports
Stream: La Liga YouTube channel

H2H Results (Last Five Games)

Espanyol: 1 Win
Real Madrid: 4 Wins
Draws: 0

Current Form (Last Five Games)

Espanyol: LLDDL
Real Madrid: DWWWW

Espanyol team news

Diego Martinez will have to do without Sergi Gomez while the centre-back serves his suspension for a straight red card. Pol Lozano may have to wait another week to make his first appearance of the season as he continues to nurse a knock.

Adria Pedrosa underwent surgery on his sports hernia at the start of the week. The 24-year-old left-back is expected to be out for as many as seven weeks.

Espanyol Starting 11: Lecomte; Gil, Calero, Cabrera, Olivan; Exposito, Souza, Darder; Ruben, Joselu, Ribaudo.
Bench: Garcia, Fortuno, Puado, Bare, El Hilali, Boullif, Koleosho, Villahermosa, Touaizi.

Real Madrid team news

Toni Kroos missed Madrid’s trip to Vigo last Saturday with the flu but has since returned to training along with the Brazilian winger Rodrygo. Nacho Fernandez and Alvaro Odriozola have both been training away from the main group while they recover from muscle complaints.

Real Madrid Starting 11: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Modric, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Bench: Lunin, Rodrygo, Vallejo, Hazard, Asensio, Carvajal, Ceballos, Mendy, Kroos.

This fixture last season marked the turning point in Real Madrid’s campaign. A galling 2-1 defeat prompted Ancelotti to do away with the tactical tests he had been running as he settled upon the 4-3-3 with the familiar personnel which won La Liga and the Champions League.

A year on, the departed Casemiro is the only significant alteration to the champions who should still be able to navigate their way past an Espanyol side in the midst of a nine-game winless streak.

Prediction: Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid

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