Saturday night’s La Liga action sees a Catalan derby between Spanish champions Barcelona and Espanyol, whose early strong start to the season has curtailed in recent weeks. The hosts have lost each of their last three league outings and are underdogs going into this encounter.
Where and when: RCDE Stadium, Barcelona – 8 December, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Espanyol vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: A late equaliser from Gerard Pique ensured a point for Barcelona at Espanyol back in February, while a month earlier Espanyol had triumphed 1-0 in a Copa del Rey clash at the stadium. Aside from those two games, Barca have won the seven most recent clashes between the sides.
|Espanyol ‘double chance’||6/4||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||11/8||Offer|
|Barcelona/Barcelona half time/full time||57/50||Offer|
Espanyol vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona have started to recover form after going three games without a win in all competitions with successive victories over PSV Eindhoven and Villarreal.
The 2-0 victory at home to the Yellow Submarine last time out reinforced their chances of winning a fourth La Liga title in five seasons.
Espanyol are only seven points behind Ernesto Valverde’s side but the blue half of Barcelona are enduring a bad run of form – having lost each of their last three league games.
Rubi’s side have lost against Sevilla, Girona and, perhaps most worryingly, 3-0 at Getafe in a run of results which has seen them slide down to sixth in the standings.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 57/50.
One to watch for Espanyol: Borja Iglesias is the man to watch for Espanyol having netted seven of his eight goals this season across his last nine games. Barca’s defence has shipped 19 goals this campaign and the striker will be eyeing becoming a cult hero for the hosts.
One to watch for Barcelona: Gerard Pique has remarkably netted six goals against Espanyol throughout his career, including in this fixture last season. The defender is also on a goalscoring streak, having netted in each of his last two games against PSV Eindhoven and Villarreal.
Long shot: Espanyol have already amassed five clean sheets in La Liga at the RCDE Stadium this year while Barca scored just once across their two visits to the stadium this calendar year. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 21/1.