Espanyol vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 8th December 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium.
Espanyol host Barcelona in the first Catalan derby of the 2018/19 Spanish La Liga season.
This league fixture is heavily dominated by Barcelona who won 97 of the 168 derbies so far along with 37 draws while losing 34.
Espanyol started the current campaign brightly, but their fans have little to hope for after a major slump in recent weeks.
The Blanquiazules are on a three match win-less run, including a 1-3 defeat to Girona at the RCDE Stadium 2 weeks ago putting an end to their 5 match winning start at home.
Defending is a major worry for the hosts as Rubi’s men conceded 7 goals in the last three games.
Not a perfect start to the campaign for Barcelona either, yet they manage to sit at the top of the log with a 1 point lead over Sevilla.
Barcelona’s 28 points from 14 games so far this season is 8 less than what they bagged at this same time last season. Furthermore, they were unbeaten back then; they were already beaten twice this season.
Blaugrana’s inconsistent performances this season owes much to recurring injuries to a majority of their defenders.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Head-to-head
Espanyol have managed just 1 win from the last 24 head-to-head meetings in all competitions against Barcelona at their home turf.
Barcelona’s dominance in this fixture in recent times is further highlighted by the fact that Espanyol managed to score just 3 goals in the last 8 competitive home games.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction
It is needless to say that Ernesto Valverde’s men are massive favourites to win the Catalan derby. After a minor slump, Messi and company have found their rhythm and they are coming here on the back of three consecutive wins.
However, Barcelona’s defense has become too easy to breach and kept just 3 clean sheets from 14 league games this season. Thus punters must go for both teams to score priced at 1.70 odd.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Betting Tips
- Both teams to Score at 1.70 (7/10)
- Barcelona to win & BTTS @ 2.90 (19/10).