Espanyol – Barcelona, La Liga Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR ESPANYOL - BARCELONA
It was about time for Espanyol to get into bad shape. The Catalan team recorded three consecutive losses in the league, as previously had only 2 in 11 games. These losses were against some teams like Girona and Getafe, who are not so much better than them. Of course, now is the big derby with Barcelona, where they are usually mobilized. A strong result here will increase Espanyol’s mood. Despite the weak period, they still have only 1 home loss and these are their only lost points at home, not having a match in which they have not scored a goal in front of their fans.
Barcelona beat Villarreal very hard with a 2-0 last round, but the three points were valuable to the Catalans. They also have a match during the week against Tottenham, which will be protocol for them. Their lead in front of Seville, who made X last round, is just one point. Barcelona has had some difficulty in recent matches, but showed character in important moments. Good news is the improvement in Dembele’s form.
Espanyol managed to stop Barca in the last two seasons and did not lose. Still, they are now in a bad shape that can influence. If they concede the first goal, they will probably collapse. Barcelona have taken too many wrong steps, so they can’t afford to fail again. Our expectations are for domination of the guests and victory. Still, we do not think it will be 0-1, so our prediction is Barcelona over 1.5 goals at 1.54. There will also be quite a lot of cards here.
ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS
Garcia(13/1 M) is under question
BARCELONA TEAM NEWS
Suarez(13/9 F) is under question. Roberto(11/0 D), Umtiti(7/0 D), Arthur(9/0 M), Rafinha(5/0 M) and Malcom(5/0 F) are out