Espanyol vs Sevilla
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 29th January 2017
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona.
Espanyol will be relying on home form when they host an inform Sevilla for the Spanish La Liga clash on Sunday evening.
RCD Espanyol are a much improved side this season after finishing in the bottom half of the table in the last 5 consecutive campaigns. They are 9th in the league after 19 match-days picking 6 wins and 8 draws while losing in 5.
The Quique Sanchez Flores managed side have a good record as they avoid defeats in 8 of their 10 matches so far. They will be coming to this match on the back of a 7-match unbeaten run at home with 3 wins and 2 draws. If we look at the points earned per game, it is on the lower side as they bagged only 1.4 per game at home as against 1.33 on away games.
Sevilla on the other hand are on an excellent run in the league at the moment. The team tutored by ex-Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli is second in the tables with a point ahead of Barcelona and same point behind league leaders Real Madrid.
They defeated Osasuna 4-3 away from home last weekend in a match that had no shortage of suspense. Sevilla are coming on the back of a 6-match winning streak and scored 17 goals during the period. And 11 of those have come in their last 3 away matches. The Andalusian club’s main problem last season was their away form. Now things look stable under Sampaoli as they were beaten just once in 6 most recent away matches.
Espanyol vs Sevilla: Head-to-head stats
It was an absolute thriller when the teams met on match day 1 of the current season. A total of 10 goals were scored in Sevilla’s 6-4 home win.
Sevilla were victorious in 4 of the last 5 matches against Espanyol, while losing once.
Espanyol won their last two home matches against Sevilla. But Sevilla were unbeaten in the previous 6 visits with 4 wins and 2 draws.
Espanyol vs Sevilla: Prediction
The bookies have priced a Sevilla win at a healthy 2.25 odds and we believe they might have underestimated Sampoli’s team. Espanyol have struggled against stronger teams with individual skills this season, both home and away. The defeats against Real Madrid and Barcelona are perfect examples. On current form, Sevilla must edge this by a narrow margin.
Espanyol vs Sevilla: Bet Tips
Sevilla to win at 2.25 (5/4)
Over 2.5 goals at 1.91 (10/11).