(Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid in today’s La Liga game against Espanyol at Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

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Bale joins Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as the main attacking options for Real Madrid, who will be looking to close the gap on leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric have been pair in the middle of the park, allowing the attacking four with lots of room to play further up the field.

Real Madrid: 25. Diego Lopez 15. Daniel Carvajal 3. Pepe 4. Sergio Ramos 12. Marcelo 14. Xabi Alonso 19. Luka Modric 11. Gareth Bale 22. Angel di Maria 7. Cristiano Ronaldo 9. Karim Benzema. Subs: 1. Iker Casillas 17. Alvaro Arbeloa 18. Nacho 20. Jese 21. Alvaro Morata 23. Isco 24. Asier Illarramendi.

Espanyol: 13. Kiko Casilla 15. Hector Moreno 18. Juan Fuentes 19. Diego Colotto 3. Raul Rodriguez 4. Victor Sanchez 16. Javi Lopez 22. Iglesias Alex Fernandez 25. Gabriel Torje 24. Jhon Cordoba 8. Christian Stuani Subs: 1. German Parreno 6. Sidnei 10. Pizzi 11. Joan Capdevila 12. Manuel Lanzarote 20. Simao 23. Abraham.


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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