Espanyol vs Granada
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 1 September 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
Espanyol have been kept busy with Europa League qualifiers in between their domestic campaign and have so far failed to pull off a match-winning worthy performance in the latter. The home team were at the losing end of a 2-0 scoreline in their opening matchup at home against Sevilla.
Their most recent matchup at home, however, saw them pick up their first point after they were held to a goalless draw on the road by Alaves.
Granada have made their way back into the top flight, but have not been able to deliver their fans a result to cheer about as of yet. Like their counterparts, they too have begun the new campaign with a defeat and a draw in the bag.
The visitors played out an eight-goal thriller with Villareal on the first matchday which saw four goals down each end but lost in the matchup soon after, against none other Sevilla who slotted an unanswered goal past them.
Although both teams are off to dismal starts in the season, home advantage gives Espanyol the slight upper hand in this one.
Espanyol vs Granada Head to head (h2h)
- Three of their previous five clashes have been high scoring ones.
- Their last encounter saw Espanyol secure a 2-1 win.
- Granada’s last victory came in 2013.
- Six of the previous seven matches have seen neither side keep a clean sheet.
Espanyol vs Granada Prediction
The hosts have got off on the wrong foot in the LaLiga and will hope to make amends when they lock horns with Granada this weekend. The squad were taken down in their recent matchup at home, but to be fair, it was against a side that finished above them in the table last time around.
It also needs saying that Espanyol have lost just one of their last nine home games across various competitions. Their counterparts have a less than impressive away record at hand and have just two wins from their last eight outings, that too in the second tier.
The away side have not been faring well in their previous clashes with the home team at this venue either and have just one win to boast of from their previous six visits. The comforts of home is surely a key privilege that Espanyol will be cashing in on, and so you can count on them to be the ones to walk away with all three points at the last blast of the whistle.
Three out of the last four meetings between the two sides here have seen both teams get their names on the scoresheets. Given that Granada did slot four in their last trip on the road alone, expect the visitors to find the back of the net along with Espanyol by all means.
Espanyol vs Granada Betting tips
Full time result: Espanyol @ 2.00 (1/1)
Both teams to score @ 1.90 (9/10).