Espanyol will be hoping to move a step closer to securing a Europa League spot when they host third-placed Valencia at the Cornella-El Prat stadium.
Last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of city rivals Barcelona left Espanyol in eighth spot and four points adrift of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in sixth and seventh respectively.
Fortunately, both teams failed to capitalise on the loss, helping to keep the Catalans in the hunt, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to force their way into Europe next season.
Home fans can back their side to win at 17/10, while the draw offers odds of 5/2.
Valencia, meanwhile, will be content with the knowledge that they are certain of a top-four finish.
With three games to go, they sit five points clear of fourth-placed Villarreal, so a win away from home tomorrow could cement third place and an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League, depending on how the Yellow Submarine fare at Almeria.
Punters can back Los Che to win at 27/20, with a £10 bet at bwin.com returning £23.50.
And history is certainly on Valencia’s side, as the last five meetings between the two have seen Unai Emery’s men win four and lose just once, including a 2-0 win at the Cornella-El Prat last year.
A successful £10 bet on the same result in tomorrow’s game will see punters collect returns of £130 at odds of 12/1.
Interestingly, Espanyol have conceded a large majority of their goals in the final 15 minutes of games, suggesting that Valencia could take advantage of their weary legs towards the end of the match.
As such, betting on the away side to score the last goal could be a popular pick among La Liga betting fans at 22/25.
With 16 strikes to his name already, Valencia top scorer Roberto Soldado could prove to be a wise choice for first goalscorer in the game and his odds of 9/2 will see returns of £55 from a £10 bet.
Espanyol, meanwhile, will look to Pablo Osvaldo to get them off to a good start. His slightly longer odds of 6/1 could make him an outsider to break the deadlock, while Jose Callejon could also be popular at 8/1.
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