It’s Derby Barceloni time on Sunday evening, as Espanyol and Barcelona lock horns in the hottest game in Catalonia. The two sides have been having completely different fortunes as of late, with Barca being able to climb their way into the top four, while Vicente Moreno’s men slipped to 13-th place after losing two in a row.
Where and when: RCDE Stadium – 13 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Espanyol vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Memphis Depay converted from the spot to give Barcelona a 1-0 victory at Nou Camp in the last meeting between those teams back in November.
Espanyol v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona earned a vital 4-2 win over defending champions Atletico Madrid last week and the result allowed Xavi’s men to sneak into the top four at the expense of Diego Simeone’s side.
Barcelona head into the contest unbeaten in their last six La Liga fixtures, winning three. They’ve won six of their 10 home games in the league so far this term, with two defeats coming against Real Madrid and Real Betis.
Both of those sides are above defending champions Atletico in the table, with Los Rojiblancos only winning 10 of their 21 matches to date. Diego Simeone’s side are unbeaten in their last three, although they’re without an away win in their last four in La Liga.
Espanyol vs. Barcelona full time result odds
New Barca signings Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both made their debuts in the 4-2 win against Atletico Madrid and the attacking pair will be hoping to get some more minutes under their belt in the Derby Barceloni.
Traore was particularly impressive in that game and should start, while Ferran Torres might get the nod over Aubameyang. Xavi has a number of options going forward now, but nevertheless La Blaugrana should still do without Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Clement Lenglet, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay, who are all suspended.
Espanyol, meanwhile, have a clean bill of health, but Vincent Moreno might shuffle his cards after the unconvincing displays in the last few weeks.
Espanyol vs. Barcelona over/under odds
Barca have seen under 2.5 goals in their last four away La Liga games, while the same applies for three of their last four clashes with Espanyol. We’re expecting the hosts to adopt a more conservative approach and try to turn the game into a closed affair. Therefore, our pick is Under 2.5 goals at 9/11, while we also suggest to combine this with No in the BTTS market for a total of 29/10.
Espanyol vs. Barcelona correct score odds
Barca won two of their last three matches by 1-0, while the Blaugrana also beat Espanyol with the same score in their last two meetings. Therefore our pick in the correct score market in this Espanyol vs. Barcelona prediction is a 1-0 win for the visitors at 7/1 on Sunday evening.
Espanyol vs. Barcelona first goalscorer odds
After the January transfer window Barca have a raft of new forwards ready to share the goalscoring burden with Memphis Depay. Latest arrival Aubameyang already made his debut and could turn out to be a sensational signing after arriving on a free from Arsenal, with the Gabon international immediately installed as the 7/2 favourite in the first goalscorer odds in this Espanyol vs Barceloma preview.