Odds: Espanyol 17/2, Draw 17/4, Barcelona 33/100
Kick Off: 1515, 04/02/2018
Stadium: RCDE Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Espanyol edged out a much-changed Barcelona team on home turf in Copa del Rey last month but we’re not expecting another surprise result in Sunday’s LaLiga Catalan derby.
Barca overcame that 1-0 deficit by winning the second leg 2-0 and enjoyed a 5-0 triumph over their local rivals at Camp Nou in this competition five months ago.
A Look At Espanyol’s Betting Odds
Espanyol have done well to secure five LaLiga victories at RCDE Stadium this season, including a 1-0 defeat of Atletico Madrid just before Christmas.
However, they have also lost four times here, including when going down 3-0 to Sevilla a fortnight ago.
Last weekend’s 3-2 loss at Leganes left Espanyol stuck in 14th place and Quique Sanchez Flores hit out over costly individual errors.
Looking at the Espanyol vs Barcelona odds, we reckon the hosts will seek to tighten things up here but still think they will lose 2-0 at 21/4.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona fielded a strong team for Thursday’s 1-0 win over Valencia in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final and Ernesto Valverde may now be forced to shuffle his pack.
“We’re playing a lot of games and getting very little rest in between,” said the manager. “We’re going to need to make changes and I’ll have to have a hard think about them.”
Barca will still be keen to protect their unbeaten record in LaLiga, but this could be a chance for Philippe Coutinho to come in and start, having been a second-half substitute in the cup.
The former Liverpool star spent six months on loan with Espanyol back in 2012 and would no doubt relish the chance to score a first goal for Barca back at his old stomping ground.
Leganes 3-2 ESPANYOL – Hermoso, Marc Navarro
BARCELONA 1-0 Valencia – Luis Suarez
Head-to-head: Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol, Espanyol 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol, Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona, Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
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