Espanyol hosts Barcelona in round 24 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, February 13th at RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Espanyol is not at its best right now. In the previous four matches, the team earned only one point (here defeats and one draw). In addition, Vicente Moreno’s men have never kept a clean sheet in the last eight games. Until recently, the Parakeets felt confident in the TOP-10. But they have already dropped to 13th place in the standings. After 23 rounds, they have 27 points. The gap from the relegation zone was reduced to nine points. At the start of the season, Espanyol performed well at home. However, the Catalans lost two previous home games. At the moment, all their home results look like this: six victories, two draws, and three defeats with a goal difference of 16-13. Let me remind you that Espanyol players failed to score in only one home game.
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Barcelona players are gradually improving their results under the management of Xavi. In the last round, the Blue-Garnets beat their bitter rival in the person of Atlético Madrid at home (4-2). I would like to highlight Dani Alves. The older Brazilian scored a goal and provided an assist for Jordi Alba. The victory over the Mattress Makers allowed Barcelona to rise to 4th place in the standings. Now the Blue-Garnets have 38 points, and the gap to the third-ranked Betis is only three points. But it is worth noting that the Andalusians played one match more. Of course, the upcoming game will not be easy for Barcelona. It’s not just that the opponents will try their best to earn points. The Blue-Garnets often experience problems on foreign pitches. They scored only 15 points in 11 away games (three victories, six draws, and two defeats).
The upcoming Catalan derby will be the 219th in the history of head-to-head confrontations. Espanyol gained 45 victories, while Barcelona won 125 times. The Parakeets gained their last home victory over the Blue-Garnets back in 2007! When the bitter rivals meet, the match cannot be boring. Moreover, Barca players beat a direct competitor in the fight for a place in the Champions League in the last round. I have no doubt that they will take the field in a very good mood. Although the Blue-Garnets do not shine on foreign pitches, now they will surely go forward from the first minutes. I offer you to bet on the clear victory of Barcelona.