Espanyol vs Real Valladolid
Spain – Primera Division
Date: Saturday, 2nd March 2019
Kick-off at 12.00 UK/ 13.00 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
The relegation battle is getting heated up at the end of the table, and these two teams have the potential to be in the crossfire. Especially Valladolid is just three points off safety and will have to deal with fierce competition from Villarreal and Celta Vigo, for the safe spots.
Espanyol may be residing in the bottom tier of the table, but they are just seven points off a Europa League spot, and it’s the right time to make a move for the same. The fact that they are at home, and that they have dominated Valladolid in h2h meetings will act as motivation.
Especially at this venue, the hosts have a fantastic record in previous meetings to rely on, and Real Valladolid, who has recorded the least number of goals in the La Liga, as well as in road games, will find life hard this weekend.
Espanyol vs Valladolid Head-to-head (h2h)
- Eight of the last ten wins belong to the teams that hosted the tie.
- The teams on the road failed to score in two of the last four meetings.
- Six of the last seven wins at this venue went the home team’s way.
- Valladolid failed to score in six of their last ten visits to the stadium.
Espanyol vs Valladolid Prediction
The hosts are a traditionally strong presence in the Spanish league, even having a rivalry going on with Barcelona. Valladolid meanwhile settles with a comparatively lighter role. On top of that, they are on the road for this tie and is also just three points off relegation as of now.
Adding on, they were winless in 11 of their last 12 games, and in eight of their last nine on the road. On the other hand, Espanyol is unbeaten in their last five games, and in five of their last six at home. H2h ties too point towards the hosts having the advantage. Eight of the last ten face-to-face wins were recorded by the hosts of the day, and six of the last seven at this venue as well.
With the additional bonus of a boost to their top-tier run, Espanyol should manage to record the three points this weekend.
Coming to goals, Espanyol found the back of the net in the last seven home fixtures in a row, and in 17 of the last 18. They repeated the feat in four of their last five home h2h ties, and in nine of the last 11. On the contrary, Valladolid failed to score in six of their last nine visits to this venue, and in four of their last five general away games.
A clean sheet by the hosts is the obvious choice, but as a safer option, we will go with – Espanyol scoring the first goal of the tie.
Espanyol vs Valladolid Betting Tips
Espanyol to Win @ 1.70 (7/10)
The Hosts to Score the First Goal @ 1.50 (1/2).