Barcelona vs Espanyol: Hosts may have to grind out derby win
Odds: Barcelona 17/100, Draw 25/4, Espanyol 17/1
Kick Off: 1945, 09/09/2017
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV: Sky Sports
Barcelona have won 12 of the last 13 Catalan derbies against Espanyol and anything other than another triumph for the hosts at Camp Nou would be a huge surprise.
Barca do have the small matter of a Champions League clash with Juventus coming up on Tuesday, though, so they could be forgiven for going through the motions with a workmanlike victory here.
Having prevailed 2-0 in their first couple of LaLiga fixtures this term, 25/4 for a repeat of that scoreline gets the nod in our Barcelona vs Espanyol betting predictions.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona will hope to have Luis Suarez back in action after missing wins over Real Betis and Alaves through injury, as he has tormented their neighbours over the past 16 months.
The former Liverpool striker netted twice in a May 2016 5-0 romp at this venue and also bagged a brace in each of last season’s two meetings, which Barca won 3-0 and 4-1.
Suarez showed his well-being by featuring for Uruguay in both of their World Cup qualifiers over the international break, only coming off in the dying stages against Argentina and Paraguay.
Looking at the Barcelona vs Espanyol odds, Suarez appeals at 5/2 to open the scoring and is 2/1 for yet another double at anytime.
A Look At Espanyol’s Betting Odds
Quique Flores did a fantastic job after returning to Spain from Watford last season, guiding Espanyol to eighth place, five spots and 13 points better than they had managed the previous term.
Drawing 1-1 at Sevilla was a promising start to the current campaign, but the budgerigars had their wings clipped when then losing 1-0 at home to Leganes.
A lack of attacking flair in that second match was worrying, but this battle will be all about holding firm at the back, especially in the early exchanges.
Espanyol have been adept at stifling Barca in the first half of recent tussles, going into the interval either level at 0-0 or just 1-0 down in the past four league meetings.
That stat makes 33/20 for the hosts to score only once before the break on this occasion worth adding to our Espanyol vs Barcelona betting tips.
Alaves 0-2 BARCELONA – Lionel Messi (2)
ESPANYOL 0-1 Leganes
Head-to-head: Espanyol 0-3 Barcelona, Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol, Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol, Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol, Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona
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