Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction and Betting Preview, 04 Jan 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 2-2
Espanyol vs Barcelona PredictionEspanyol vs Barcelona Prediction and Preview for Saturday's La Liga fixture. The manager-less and bottom side in La Liga - Espanyol play host to log-leaders and defending champions Barcelona in what is a worrisome season for the hosts who are destined for relegation for the first time in 25 years after their worst start to a league campaign.
Match status: 2019-20 La Liga - Matchweek 19
Kick-off:
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona)

Espanyol v Barcelona Team News

18 games later and the Periquitos have won only twice (W2 D4 L12) in what is proving to be a disastrous season for the Catalan-based club. Things are not looking up for Espanyol and the club management had to part ways with sporting director Jordi Lardin and coach Pablo Machin in December who was ironically brought in to replace David Gallego in October following the downward spiral.

The situation is yet to improve and while the board has not yet announced the caretaker manager, activities are on the ground to hasten the process. Prior to the Christmas break, a 2-0 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Leganes was the final call.

A far cry from a 7th place finish last season, the hosts are now bottom with the worst attack and leakiest defence. In fact, Espanyol haven’t tasted victory in front of their home crowd 9 games later (W0 D2 L7).

Meanwhile, La Liga perennial winners Barcelona are on the prowl for points at the RCDE stadium. As defending champions, this will be Barcelona’s 27th title should they claim it.

The Blaugrana sit on top of the Spanish top-flight, 2 points ahead of rivals Real Madrid and it is indeed a tight race. A win here would create a 5-point cushion for Messi and Co. and that is what they will be after.

The gulf in quality and class between these two sides is all too apparent and cannot be ignored. As a fact, Messi alone has more goals than the whole of Espanyol as a team (13 vs 12). Fellow team-mate Luis Suarez has only two less with 10.

Prior to the holiday break, Alaves fell to the mighty Catalans 4-1 and now Espanyol are next customers. By how many, we can’t tell. Messi’s magic and Suarez’ brilliance is sometimes hard to predict but this is likely to go one way and not in favor of the home faithful.

Injured or Suspended Players:

The home side don’t have much on their injury list with midfielders Granero E. serving a suspension and Vargas M. out with an ankle Injury.

Barcelona will be without Arthur (Thigh Injury) and Dembele O. (Thigh Injury) while teenage sensation Ansi Fatuh is doubtful as is goalkeeper Ter Stegen.

Head-to-Head La Liga Record: Espanyol v Barcelona

2018-19 Spanish La Liga
Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol

2018-19 Spanish La Liga
Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona

2017-18 Spanish La Liga
Espanyol 1-1 Barcelona

2017-18 Spanish La Liga
Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

Pre-Match Odds:

Espanyol - 7.00
Draw - 4.70
Barcelona - 1.47

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Espanyol vs Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona will always punish complacent back-lines, a fact well too known to many. Espanyol have not won at home this season or against Barcelona in the league in over 10 years. Count the Blaugrana to put in several past the hapless hosts in a fixture where the world’s best player will make a mark. Yet again.
Main Match Predictions:
Away -1 EH @ 2.30
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Correct Score:
Espanyol 0-2 Barcelona @ 7.50
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