Espanyol vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 19:00 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 9 out of their last 10 games played

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

Barcelona scored over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

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

AVG Goals

2.4

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

8

Draw

1

Lost

1
W A

19-07-2018

Club Friendlies

UE Olot Team Logo UE Olot

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

26-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Richmond Kickers Team Logo Richmond Kickers

FT 2 - 4

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

29-07-2018

Club Friendlies

FC Cincinnati

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

05-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

08-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Gimnastic Team Logo Gimnastic

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

11-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Borussia Moenchengladbach Team Logo Borussia Moenchengladbach

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

18-08-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

26-08-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

02-09-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo Alaves Team Logo Deportivo Alaves

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

16-09-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Barcelona Form Guide

Barcelona Team Logo

Barcelona

Won

8

Draw

0

Lost

2
W H

29-07-2018

Champions Cup

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 7 - 5

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

01-08-2018

Champions Cup

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

05-08-2018

Champions Cup

AC Milan Team Logo AC Milan

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-08-2018

Super Cup

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

15-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Boca Juniors Team Logo Boca Juniors

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

18-08-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo Alaves Team Logo Deportivo Alaves

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

25-08-2018

Primera Division

Real Valladolid Team Logo Real Valladolid

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

02-09-2018

Primera Division

SD Huesca Team Logo SD Huesca

FT 8 - 2

(HT 3 - 2)

W A

15-09-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

18-09-2018

Champions League Grp. B

PSV Eindhoven Team Logo PSV Eindhoven

FT 4 - 0

(HT 1 - 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

2.1

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

2.7

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

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