Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 28, 2014

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, from Portugal, center, duels for the ball against Espanyol's Jordi Forlin, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Espanyol has their work cut out for them if they are to advance past Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.

Los Blancos secured a 1-0 win in the first leg of this matchup, and that came on the Estadi Cornella-El Prat pitch. Now Espanyol have to make up a goal disadvantage on Real Madrid's stomping grounds. 

Along with a with an earlier matchup in La Liga play, this will be the third time these two clubs have met since Jan. 12. Espanyol hosted and lost both, 1-0. 

Real Madrid enters this match on an absolute tear. They've won each of their past nine matches across all competitions. 

Check out the vitals for this matchup and then we'll dig a little deeper into the preview. 

 

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. GMT

Where: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

TV: beIN Sport; Sky Sports 2

Live Stream: beIN Sport Play

 

Key Storyline: How will Real Madrid cope wit Gareth Bale's absence? 

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 25:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 25, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Gareth Bale took a nasty shot to an unfortunate place this past Saturday, Jan. 25. He was forced off the pitch in the eighth minute as a result.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti told the press, via ESPN, that Bale will not be able to participate in Tuesday's contest. Ancelotti did clear up, however, that the injury was not related to the specific area where Bale was struck: 

It is the left leg, according to Ancelotti, that will keep Bale from action. 

Ancelotti, per ESPN, stated that Jese Rodriguez will take Bale's spot on the pitch:

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 06:   Jese Rodriguez of Real Madrid CF celebrates after Karim Benzema scored Real Madrid CF's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on January 6, 2014 in
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Obviously, there is going to be a drop-off from the world's most expensive footballer to Jese Rodriguez. The 20-year-old, however, has been in fine form in his recent playing time and is in the process of carving out a role for himself. 

This is the perfect opportunity for Rodriguez to prove his worth. Considering Madrid's talent advantage over Espanyol, Bale's absence shouldn't have a big impact on this match. 

 

Prediction: Real Madrid 1, Espanyol 0

Playing an away match, already facing a 1-0 deficit and with a Feb. 2 La Liga contest against Real Betis, Espanyol isn't going to come out with the intensity needed to compete in this match.

Real Madrid will net a quick goal and then be content to guard their goal and coast out with an easy and familiar 1-0 victory.