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Bookmakers favour Barcelona to be victorious against Espanyol in their upcoming La Liga encounter. Despite their recent unconvincing form, a win for the former seems likely on Saturday. They should not underestimate Espanyol, though. It was an enormously entertaining 2-2 match, when these two sides last played each other. A similar feast of goals would go down well this coming Saturday.

Barcelona have taken the lead in the La Liga after collecting 37 points from their initial 14 encounters. Espanyol trail by 25 points after 14 rounds, leaving them as number 16 in the table on 12 points.

Performances have been rather abysmal for Barcelona who will be eyeing a chance of redemption when going up against Espanyol.

Barcelona show off very admirable numbers from their past ten matches, as they scored 2.2 goals on average per match. That makes a total of 22 goals, whilst they allowed four goals against, for an average of 0.4 per outing. They pulled off eight clean sheets.

Espanyol scored 12 goals, conceded 15 and managed one clean sheets in their previous ten matches.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Prediction

Barcelona Form

Barcelona are enjoying their football currently with three wins on the bounce, and it began with a 2-4 win against Viktoria Plzen. They went on to beat Almeria by 2-0, before also getting the better of Osasuna in a 1-2 victory. Barcelona took six wins in their last six La Liga matches on home soil, as they scored 17 and let in zero goals.

Going into the season as a title candidate in the La Liga, Barcelona are currently on track to fulfil the expectations.

Espanyol Form

Espanyol claimed four points in their last three matches, starting by a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid. A 0-1 defeat against Villarreal was next up, before beating CD Rincon by 0-3. Espanyol claimed just one win from the last six away games in the La Liga. They also drew three and were defeated two times, as they were outscored by seven goals to six.

Aiming for a mid-table finish Espanyol would require a quick upturn in form to achieve even that.

Barcelona are far too strong to let a home win slip against Espanyol, but at the same time, we don't expect the visitors to get over-run. This makes us target the home win in a match with less than three goals.

Barcelona scored 18 goals and conceded zero in their last seven games against teams from the bottom half of the La Liga table. They collected 21 points and seven victories. Espanyol scored six goals and conceded 12 in their last eight encounters with teams in the top half of the La Liga. This lead to one wins and five points. Barcelona are looking at a record of 12 wins, one draw and one defeat in the La Liga this season. Espanyol are looking at two wins, six draws and six defeats in the La Liga.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Stats

  • Barcelona have won 5 of the last 7 home matches without conceding a goal
  • Barcelona have not lost 14 of the last 16 home matches
  • In 8 of the last 10 Barcelona home matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
  • Barcelona have won 6 of the last 7 matches
  • Barcelona have won 7 of the last 9 home matches
  • Espanyol have not won 18 of the last 20 away matches
  • Espanyol have not won 10 of the last 12 matches
  • In 7 of the last 8 Espanyol matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • In 7 of the last 8 Espanyol away matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Espanyol have conceded in 10 of the last 12 matches

Barcelona vs Espanyol Team News

At the time of writing, Espanyol just have two players on the injured and absent list, as they prepare for their match on Saturday.

Names like Keidi Bare and Adria Pedrosa most likely won't be deemed fit enough to play Barcelona.

Barcelona vs Espanyol H2H

Their latest encounter was a belter of a game, which finished with a 2-2 scoreline. An uncommon result, but we would not mind a similar goal fest this coming Saturday. Barcelona enjoy a good 7-3-0 advantage against Espanyol, and the bookies best betting odds on a home win are at 1/4.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Results

Both teams found the back of the net four times in the past ten matches between home side Barcelona and Espanyol. Best priced odds on BTTS with the bookies are at 4/5.

Barcelona vs Espanyol Betting Tips

It has been a superb season for Robert Lewandowski so far as he managed to score impressive 13 goals across all tournaments during the current campaign. He appears to be in great form currently, as he hit the target four times in his last six games, and Barcelona rely on his abilities against Espanyol. Siding with him to find the back of the net on Saturday seems like a decent punt.

Barcelona racked up seven wins from a possible 10 across all tournaments at Spotify Camp Nou, drew two and lost one. Espanyol won three of their previous 10 away, drew four and lost three times. Barcelona kept a clean sheet six times in their previous 10 matches at Spotify Camp Nou hoping to do so again this coming Saturday. Espanyol kept a clean sheet in three of their last 10 away games.

Both teams to score was a winning bet four times in the ten encounters most recent outings between Barcelona and Espanyol. More than three goals came out six times, as Barcelona scored 2.5 goals on average, with Espanyol pulling off 0.6 goals on average. Barcelona performed an average of 2.1 goals a game in their previous ten matches in which over 2.5 goals came out seven times. Over 2.5 goals came up in two of Espanyol's previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of one goal in these matches.