Line-ups: Espanyol-Madrid

Real Madrid rest Cristiano Ronaldo for tonight's trip to Espanyol in La Liga, but Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Isco all return.

Ronaldo is absent from Madrid's matchday squad, while Karim Benzema is only a substitute, so Gareth Bale leads the line, the Welshman flanked by Asensio and the in-form Lucas Vazquez.

Sergio Ramos is also back from suspension to partner Raphael Varane in central defence and Isco is handed a start as Los Blancos' No 10, but Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric remain sidelined through injury.

You would have to go back to October 2007 for the last time Espanyol beat Madrid in the top flight.

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Espanyol: Diego Lopez; Marc Navarro, David Lopez, Oscar Duarte, Aaron; Darder, Carlos Sanchez, Victor Sanchez, Piatti; Gerard, Sergio Garcia

Subs: Pau, Naldo, Jurado, Baptistao, Vila, Roca, Granero

Real Madrid: Keylor; Achraf, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Kovacic, Marcos Llorente; Vazquez, Isco, Asensio; Bale

Subs: Casilla, Carvajal, Benzema, Theo, Mayoral, Ceballos, Oscar

Referee: Sanchez Martinez