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Barcelona vs Espanyol: Blaugrana continues to dominate

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Barcelona is recovering from a turbulent start of the season. Neymar's departure, Liverpool rejecting offers for Coutinho, and defeats against Real surely left some scars. The win in the city derby against Espanyol would be a perfect chance for some morale boost.

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Stadium: Camp Nou

Date: 09 September 2017

Time: 21:00

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Barcelona is recovering from a turbulent start of the season. Neymar's departure, Liverpool rejecting offers for Coutinho, and defeats against Real surely left some scars. The win in the city derby against Espanyol would be a perfect chance for some morale boost.

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Recommended bet:

Barca to win with a handicap -1.5 goals
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Reasons for betting on Barcelona vs Espanyol tip

One of the fiercest city derbies in the world will happen this Saturday at Camp Nou. Barcelona is expecting Espanyol, in one incredibly exciting game. Although Blaugrana has a positive record against their opponents, the matches like this one can often provide a huge surprise. After two rounds the hosts are at the top of the table, while the visitors still haven’t recorded a victory.

Barcelona overview

After Neymar’s departure and the saga with Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona finished their transfer window with only one blockbusting trade. Ousmane Dembele became the second most expensive player in the world, but it seems that this didn’t meet the high expectations of the fans and the team itself. Despite all, they have to continue, because the new challenges are ahead, especially the Champions League. Barcelona recorded two victories with the same result, 2-0. The victims were a Real Betis and Deportivo Alaves, and although they are not some powerful clubs, it is good for Barcelona that they kept clean sheets in those two matches. Coach Ernesto Valverde is still adjusting to the new club, and he is still experimenting with tactics. The biggest boost for Barca will be the comeback of Luis Suarez. The flamboyant striker quickly recovered from his injury, and he is ready to start tormenting the rivals defenses. However, Barca has some problems because Ivan Rakitic, Arda Turan, and Sergi Roberto are all out for this game due to various injuries.

Espanyol overview

The other club from the capital of Catalonia still hasn’t recorded a victory. After a solid preseason period, something went wrong for Espanyol. They snapped one point in Seville, 1-1, in the game in which they were in subordinated position. Following this, quite a shocking result has occurred at RCDE Stadium. Leganes took all three points after a minimal victory, 0-1. That was regarded as a huge disappointment, and the boys in white-blue have to give everything they have in the city derby. It was their fifth game in a row without a victory when counting the preseason and the fourth consecutive in which they allowed at least one goal. The efficiency of their games is very low; past 6 finished with under 2.5 goals.
They too have problems with injured players. The experienced goalkeeper Diego Lopez has knee issues, and he is still on the injury list. Victor Sanchez and Alvaro Vasquez are also unavailable for this event.

Head to head matches

Since 2011 Espanyol has only one victory and that happened in Supercopa de Catalunya during the previous year. Other 17 games were not successful for them. Barcelona won 15 times, and we saw 2 draws. In 5 or the latest 7 encounters, Barca scored at least two goals.

Prediction for Barcelona vs Espanyol tip

When Barcelona plays at home, they are favorites against any team in the world. Despite the current situation, we believe that they are going to improve and that Espanol will be pretty easy to handle.
Barcelona to win with a handicap – 1.5 is our first choice.

For the second one, we would pick Barcelona to score over 1.5 goals in the first half time. With Luis Suarez back on the field the hosts have more offensive solutions, and without a doubt, they are much efficient.