A look at Karim Benzema's record vs Espanyol ahead of kickoff
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A look at Karim Benzema's record vs Espanyol ahead of kickoff

When Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid team travels to Espanyol on Sunday afternoon, Karim Benzema is set to lead the line once again.

The France international has started the 2021-22 season well for Los Blancos, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in nine appearances across all competitions.

Benzema has eight goals and seven assists in seven La Liga appearances, and the capital club will look to the 33-year-old for motivation against Espanyol.

Real Madrid will enter the encounter on the tail of a 2-1 Champions League loss to Sheriff Tiraspol, but they are presently in first place in La Liga with 17 points from seven games.

Here's how Benzema has performed in the past versus Espanyol.

Benzema has met Espanyol 17 times in his professional career, and the Frenchman has an outstanding record, having won 15 times, drawn once, and lost once.

The forward has scored eight goals and provided four assists in eight appearances versus the Catalan club, with seven of his goals coming in La Liga.

Benzema also scored once and provided two assists against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals during the 2013-14 season, and he starred against the Blue and Whites in their final season in La Liga, scoring once and providing two assists in two matches in 2019-20.

The forward's greatest performance against this side came in the 2018-19 La Liga season, when he scored twice in a 4-2 Real Madrid victory at RCDE Stadium.

Benzema will be full of confidence coming into Sunday's showdown against Espanyol, having won 14 of his 16 La Liga appearances against them.

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