Barcelona vs Espanyol Prediction and Betting Preview 08 July 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-0
Barcelona vs Espanyol PredictionWhat can we make of Espanyol’s La Liga campaign? Horrendous, horrific and utterly humiliating. Rooted to the bottom of the league standings, the Magical are easily the worst side within the cluster. Three points have been almost impossible to come-by for this mediocre club.
Match status: 2019/20 La Liga - Matchweek 35
Kick-off:
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Their disappointing results have forced the club’s board into making questionable decisions. Switching between managers, Espanyol have already had three head coaches at the helm this season alone. This highlights how confused and beleaguered the club’s hierarchy is.

Already condemned to relegation, they went ahead to relieve Abelardo Fernandez of his duties at the RCDE Stadium to appoint Francisco Rufete as new head coach a week ago. The Spanish gaffer will be vested with the task of bringing some sort of balance to this stuttering Espanyol side.

Meanwhile, with Barcelona looking to catch-up with table-toppers Real Madrid, they could not have been presented with a more favorable fixture at this juncture. Their sights set on defending the league title, expect a spirited performance from the Blaugrana as they look to condemn Periquitos to more mediocrity come Wednesday night.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Team News

Failing to grind out positive results in the league, even the signing of Francisco Rufete has not helped in steadying the ship at Espanyol. Since his appointment, the Magical have been on a three-game losing streak and had been disappointing in those games.

Looking to clinch his first win as Espanyol boss, Rufete and his boys invited strong relegation candidates Leganes to the RCDE Stadium for a crunch clash, harboring faint hopes of securing a positive result. However, their fellow strugglers threw them under the bus.

In a drab game void of any major openings, Periquitos were narrowly defeated, condemning them to yet another defeat. Leganes’ Silva registered the only goal of the game to grab some much-needed points for his side as they attempt a late La Liga survival charge.

Questionably becoming affiliated with draws, Barcelona made a trip to El Madrigal to take on top-four hopefuls Villarreal, seeking to bring an end to their winless streak. Though expected to struggle on the night, the Blaugrana easily posted all three points on the board.

Right from kick-off, Barcelona grabbed the game by the scuff of the neck, sending themselves ahead just inside three minutes. Villarreal’s Moreno canceling out Barcelona’s early goal, Luis Suarez responded almost immediately. Barca plunged home two more goals to register a comprehensive 4-1 win.

For this fixture, Barcelona are favorites for the win. Lionel Messi and co. know they have to hit top-gear to clinch maximum points over the coming weeks. They cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to have any chances of usurping Madrid to the league summit.

Barcelona are the strongest home side in the league and have failed to admit defeat at the Nou Camp this term. Meanwhile, Espanyol are on a disappointing five-game losing streak and have managed a measly three wins from their 17 away games so far.
 

Injured or Suspended Players

Barcelona: Ousmane Dembele, Frenkie de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets.

Espanyol: No injuries or suspensions.
 

Pre-Match Odds

Barcelona: 1.16
Draw: 9.1
Espanyol: 22

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

Who will win the match?

Barcelona vs Espanyol Predictions

Admittedly, Espanyol are on a terrible run of form heading into this game. However, ardent La Liga fans would have noticed a disturbing trend of Barcelona struggling to topple their cross-town rivals Espanyol in recent years.

In fact, the Magical managed to hold Barcelona to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture. Despite Barca’s drive to seal the three points here, they are going to have their work cut-out while attempting to defeat Rufete’s men. As such, the Blaugrana cannot be trusted to deliver the win. The safest punt will be a double chance backing the home side for victory.
Our Betting Tip:
BTTS @ 2.38
Correct Score:
Barcelona 2-1 Espanyol @ 11.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Both Teams To Score:
BTTS @ 2.38
Match Winner:
Barca Win to Nil @ 1.72
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 1.44
Team Goals:
Away Over 0.5 @ 2.10
Goalscorer:
Suarez to Score @ 1.75
Handicap:
Away +2.5 AH @ 1.75
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