Espanyol vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 15:15 Hrs

Venue: RCDE Stadium

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Espanyol vs Barcelona Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Espanyol come on the back of a third consecutive defeat, as Leganes were able to get a 3-2 victory in the latest league outing. The game witnessed two own goals from Mario Hermoso with Guerrero’s effort sandwiched in between to provide Leganes with a substantial 3-1 lead going into the last 10 minutes. Marc Navarro had pulled one back for Espanyol, while a late second from Hermoso did not help matters. Barcelona had to work hard for their 2-1 win over Deportivo Alaves. After falling to John Guidetti’s opener, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi came up with late goals to extend Barcelona’s winning streak to 7 La Liga matches. In the midweek Copa del Rey semi-final, Barcelona beat Valencia 1-0 in the first leg.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Barcelona have been able to win four out of the last five games against Espanyol, but their last defeat against this opponent came at the RCDE Stadium. There is unlikely to be a repeat of the same, but Barcelona are expected to score slightly over 2.5 goals. The club are going through a period of adjustment after the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, but Barcelona have averaged close to 3 goals per game in recent times against Espanyol. I would back Barcelona to score over 2.5 goals.

Luis Suarez has opened the scoring against Espanyol in three out of the last four competitive meetings. The Uruguayan has also come up with the opening goal on seven occasions this season. I would choose Luis Suarez to score 1st.

Barcelona to score over 2.5 goals – 11/8

Luis Suarez to score the first goal – 3/1

Espanyol saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Barcelona

Barcelona scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Barcelona have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 10 games against Espanyol

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Espanyol Form Guide

Espanyol Team Logo

Espanyol

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
D H

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

08-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

22-04-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Las Palmas Team Logo Las Palmas

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W A

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

19-07-2018

Club Friendlies

UE Olot Team Logo UE Olot

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

Barcelona Form Guide

Barcelona Team Logo

Barcelona

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
L A

10-04-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

17-04-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

21-04-2018

Copa del Rey

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 3)

W A

29-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

09-05-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 5 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 5 - 4

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

16-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Mamelodi Sundowns FC Team Logo Mamelodi Sundowns FC

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Espanyol Preview

Espanyol have not been able to pull away from the bottom three places – despite suffering just two defeats in the last six. There was a brief period when Espanyol appeared to go on a strong unbeaten run, but confidence has been knocked out of the window after defeats against Sevilla and Leganes. Espanyol need to find their feet once again but it will not be easy with the team having a crucial Catalan derby at the RCDE Stadium, where they have suffered four defeats this season. Gerard Moreno is the Espanyol top scorer with eight league goals.

Espanyol Team News

Adrian Lopez (meniscus), Jairo Morilla (Achilles tendon), Sergio Garcia (gastrointestinal discomfort), Pablo Piatti (muscle), and Didac Vila (thigh) are the names unavailable for Quique Flores.

Barcelona Preview

Barcelona have been going through the dip in terms of goals as expected. The arrival of Philippe Coutinho was expected to disrupt the goal scoring form for the club, as the Brazilian was always going to need time in order to settle to the Barcelona style of play. Crucially, Barcelona have been able to retain the lead at the top of the table. The Catalans have been able to keep the winning run going. The last six La Liga matches have been almost perfect for Barcelona with the team scoring 21 goals and conceding just three. Lionel Messi, unsurprisingly, leads the scoring charts at Barcelona, and in the La Liga, with 20 goals.

Barcelona Team News

Thomas Vermaelen (hamstring), Ousmane Dembele (hamstring), Vano (thigh), Sergi Samper (ankle), Oriol Busquets (thigh), Andre Gomes (gastrointestinal discomfort), and José Manuel Arnaiz (groin) are the players who make up a lengthy injury list for manager Ernesto Valverde.

Espanyol Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Barcelona Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Espanyol vs Barcelona Sidelined Players

Espanyol
35 Adrian Lopez Injured
19 Pablo Piatti Injured
Barcelona
25 Thomas Vermaelen Injured
11 Ousmane Dembele Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Diego Lopez 196 88
2 LB Marc Navarro 188 79
3 RB Aaron Caricol 180 72
15 CD David Lopez 185 80
5 CD Naldo 188 86
10 LM Jose Manuel Jurado 173 76
25 CM Sergi Darder 180 67
4 CM Victor Sanchez Mata 175 73
23 RM Esteban Granero 180 77
7 CF Gerard Moreno 180 75
11 CF Leo Baptistao 181 71
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
2 LB Nelson Semedo 180 69
3 CD Gerard Pique 194 85
23 CD Samuel Umtiti 183 84
19 RB Lucas Digne 178 74
15 CM Paulinho 181 81
5 CM Sergio Busquets 189 78
8 CM Andres Iniesta 171 68
17 LF Francisco Alcacer 174 74
9 CF Luis Suarez 182 85
14 RF Philippe Coutinho 172 68