Espanyol vs Barcelona: Coutinho set to haunt former teammates

Espanyol vs Barcelona: Coutinho set to haunt former teammates

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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.

With the league leaders fully focused this weekend, we’re taking 21/20 for them to win to nil again in our Espanyol vs Barcelona betting predictions.

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.

We’re finishing off our Espanyol vs Barcelona betting tips by taking 9/10 for Coutinho to net at any time and 4/1 he opens the scoring.

Additional stats

Last result:

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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Best bets for Espanyol vs Barcelona

Barcelona to win to nil @ 21/20

Barcelona to win 2-0 @ 21/4

Philippe Coutinho to score at anytime @ 9/10

Philippe Coutinho to score first @ 4/1

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