Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction and Betting Tips

Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Espanyol vs Barcelona in La Liga.

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Espanyol vs Barcelona Match Preview

It is the Catalan Derby that looms as the most important match in La Liga this weekend, as Barcelona make the short visit to city rivals Espanyol. This is the third derby of 2018 already and this Espanyol vs Barcelona La Liga clash on Sunday, February 4 promises to be amazing, so check out our Espanyol vs Barcelona prediction and betting tips.

Espanyol

Espanyol always hate the fact that they are not given their due as a club, as much as their esteemed rivals. That explains why they attach so much interest to this fixture and their desire to make it difficult for Barcelona in every Espanyol vs Barcelona fixture. It doesn’t matter to them that they are 15th in the table after 21 games (24 pts, W6, D6, L9). It doesn’t matter that they are just seven points ahead of the bottom three. It doesn’t matter that they have lost their last three competitive matches. What matters to the hosts is that they have to make it difficult for Barcelona! They relish getting under the skins of their illustrated opponents, as shown in the Copa del Rey quarter-final last month when the hosts won 1-0 against Barcelona at home. Is it time to repeat the dose?



Barcelona

For Barcelona too, it is the matter of winning the bragging rights, especially since most of their players are vocal against their neighbours. They may have a cushion of 11 points at the top after 21 games (57 pts, W18, D3, L0), it has to be noted that the visitors will not be willing to cede an inch in this Espanyol vs Barcelona fixture. However, the Catalans will have one eye on the upcoming second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, where they carry a narrow 1-0 advantage over Valencia. Will that distract Ernesto Valverde to field a weakened team? But, will he risk the wrath of his fans by putting the matter of a Catalan derby on the back burner?

Espanyol vs Barcelona H2H

Espanyol have a dreadful record in the derbies against Barcelona as they have lost 10 of their last 11 league derbies. They beat Barcelona for the first time since 2009 in the Copa del Rey last month. Can they repeat it in the league?

Espanyol vs Barcelona Team News

For Espanyol, Sergio Garcia, Pablo Piatti, and Didac Vila are unavailable for this encounter.

For Barcelona, Thomas Vermaelen and Andre Gomes are doubtful for the clash.



Espanyol vs Barcelona Probable Line-ups

Espanyol XI: Lopez (GK), Navarro, Hermoso, Duarte, Martin, Lopez, Sanchez, Baptistao, Darder, Garcia, Moreno.
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi.

Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction

Under 3.5 goals

It will be another dogfight in this encounter as Espanyol will relish the chance of embarrassing Barcelona. The Catalans will have one eye on the Copa del Rey semis, but that shouldn’t stop them from starting this match as favourites. We expect a win for Barcelona, but there will be a struggle for goals. Expect this game to feature under 3.5 goals, so that’s our prediction for this game.

Espanyol vs Barcelona betting tip: Under 3.5 goals @ 1.44

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