Cristiano Ronaldo will look to score his first goal of the season for Real Madrid when they visit Espanyol on Saturday. A formation change involving Gareth Bale has pushed the Portuguese star out wide, limiting his quality looks at the net.
After firing a blank in the season opener against Sporting Gijon, Real erupted for five against Real Betis before the international break. A pair of clean sheets will please new coach Rafa Bentiez, who hopes to bring a La Liga title back to Madrid.
The fixture schedule is about to get busy as the Champions League is set to kick off on Wednesday for Los Blancos.
Here’s what you need to know about the match against Espanyol:
Spanish La Liga, Round 3
Saturday, Sept. 12
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona
10 a.m. EST/3 p.m. GMT
BeIN Sports (USA)/Sky Sports 2 (UK); (International viewers, click here for your local provider)
Espanyol 17/2, Real Madrid 2/7, Draw 9/2
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals, Under (13/8), Over (4/9)
First Goalscorer: Espanyol: Felipe Caicedo (11/1), Mamadou Sylla (12/1); Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo 11/4, Gareth Bale/Karim Benzema (4/1)
Both Teams to Score: Yes (8/11), No (1/1)
Goalless Draw: (22/1)