But despite the criticismmanager Zidane has insisted that his Portuguese star is in fine form. Their two five-goal victories in recent weeks were bookended by mediocre draw performance, one at Betis and another against Valencia. They look to right the ship against Espanyol, who have lost seven straight in all competitions. Frequently asked questions about BeIN Sports can be found here. There is also a Spanish Language option for the stream.
David Lopez is the only absence in Espanyol's squad for the weekend clash, having failed to recover from injury in time to make the cut. Click here to see all of bet 's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview So far, life without Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo has been better than many at the Bernabeu may have initially feared.
Having lost the three-time Champions League winning coach at the end of last season, Madrid moved for Spain 's Julen Lopetegui, who caused untold grief in announcing the decision just days before the World Cup.
The move did not work out very well for La Roja, but so far Madrid have barely missed a beat.
A demonstration of the side's offensive prowess even without the Portuguese star was glimpsed on Wednesday, when Roma were blown away in the Champions League. Mariano, the returning striker whose absence raised eyebrows during the draw with Athletic, jumped off the bench to score his first goal since moving back from Lyon , while Bale and Isco also found the net in a comprehensive victory.
Article continues below Now Madrid must look to keep up the same momentum against Espanyol, who suffered Ronaldo's wrath more than a few times over the last decade. The Catalans have also started the season positively, sitting pretty in fourth place ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla.
But the history books are against them for this clash. February's win over Madrid was the first time Espanyol had triumphed in the fixture since , while one must go all the way back to to find their last victory at the Bernabeu.