Espanyol vs Barcelona prediction comes before the 19th round of Spanish La Liga. This game takes place on Saturday, January 4, at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain. In this match preview, we bring you the betting tips and correct score predictions based on the analysis of these teams.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Betting Tips
It’s a derby match because Espanyol and Barcelona are two city rivals, which is why their duels are always interesting. Barcelona have won most of their previous matches, although Espanyol did manage to snatch a couple of points from them, especially when the games were played at the RCDE Stadium.
This season, however, Espanyol have been dreadful at home. This team is actually the worst side when it comes to home performances, with only two points won after 9 home games. They also have the worst score at home of all the teams in the league (7:20).
Barcelona, on the other hand, have been really good at home and knowing that this match is played in Barcelona, they shouldn’t feel too threatened. Of course, Espanyol will definitely have more fans on the stands than Barca, but their fans probably don’t feel too enthusiastic about this game.
It seems that this match will be decided by how Barcelona perform. If they do well, they are going to win the game. The bottom-placed team in La Liga just don’t have enough quality, nor enough motivation to win points against the top-placed side.
Barcelona are in a good form, with three wins and two draws in the previous five rounds. Thanks to their good performances, they’ve collected enough points to be at the very summit of the table. Still, their biggest rivals, Real Madrid are trailing behind by only two points. This is why Barcelona players must feel very motivated to beat the worst team in the league.
The same day, Real Madrid are playing Getafe in what could potentially be very tricky match. If Los Blancos slip there, Barcelona could increase the point gap between the two of them. Of course, for that to happen, Barca also need to beat Espanyol. And that is exactly what they will do!
Our Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction: Barcelona
Espanyol vs Barcelona Correct Score Prediction: 0:4
Espanyol Form and Latest News
This team is at the very bottom of La Liga table, with only two wins and four draws this season. They have lost three out of their previous four matches in the league. Another problem for Espanyol ahead of the city derby is that they will be without Esteban Granero, one of their crucial players. The midfielder picked too many yellow cards and will have to miss out on this match.
Barcelona Form and Latest News
The biggest worry for Barca is that their goalkeeper is struggling with a slight knee problem, but he should be able to push it through. Still, even without him in the squad, Barcelona would be able to thrash their city rivals.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Predicted Lineups
Espanyol predicted lineup: Lopez – Calero, Lopez, Bernardo, Victor, Vila – Darder, Roca, Pedrosa – Calleri, Wu Lei
Barcelona predicted lineup: ter Stegen – Pique, Umtiti, Roberto, Alba – Busquets, Alena, Vidal – Messi, Griezmann, Suarez
Other Espanyol vs Barcelona betting tips:
Over 2.5 goals @1.60
Lionel Messi to score anytime @1.70
HT-FT 2-2 @2.20