Espanyol vs Barcelona prediction and betting, stats, odds. In the Spanish championship match on February 13, the Parrots will play against the Granatas Blues. What to expect from the Catalan derby?
Espanyol spent last season in the Segund, which benefited the Catalans – the team is more careful with every tournament point, but it is clear that Vicente Moreno has a lot of work.
A successful start for the Parrots was in the Spanish Cup, where the team confidently got through the first stages, beating Solares (3-2), Palencia (2-1) and Ponferradina (2-1 stoppage time). Unfortunately, the next leg was the last – the game against Mallorca was clearly a failure and the islanders qualified for the next round.
After 23 rounds, the Bilo-Syni have seven wins and six peaceful results in the league table, bringing them 27 points and only 13th place in the table. After their 2-1 success against Valencia, today’s home side are without a win – three defeats and a 2-2 draw with Cadiz.
Baré, Calero and de Tomas cannot play today.
Barcelona finished unsuccessfully in the group stage of the Champions League, where they failed to reach the top spot and went to the second most important club tournament on the continent.
A tough start in the Copa del Rey started with a 2-1 win over Linares, but the next round was already the last for the Catalans. The game against Athletic saw neither side win in regulation time, but the Basques were more fortunate in the extra time.
In the Primera Liga, the Blues are now 10 wins and eight quiet results away from home in 22 rounds, giving them 38 points and fourth place, something nobody would have dreamt of a few months ago. In the last two rounds, Xavi’s men beat Alaves away (1-0), followed by a 4-2 home win over Atletico.
Wage, Garcia, Depay, Lengle, Aubameyang, Roberto, Umtiti and Fathy, who has a thigh injury, cannot play today.
Espanyol has gained momentum and is regularly putting up good matches today. Barcelona in all their glory in the last match against Atlético de Madrid – exactly the kind of team that is expected from Xavi. We believe that losses and a difficult opponent will not allow the Blues to get too big on the pitch, but, nevertheless, Barça can pull out a win due to their excellent emotional state and desire to secure a place in the top four.
Our prediction is Barcelona win and we’ll bet on it at Winline with odds of 1.81
Barcelona have beaten their fellow countrymen in their last two head-to-head matches, which is what we expect from the team today as well. We assume that the winning style will repeat the outcome of the last two meetings and the favourite will win by one goal.
Our second bet is a one-goal win for Barcelona at 3.38