Espanyol hosts Betis in round 22 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Friday, January 21st at RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Espanyol did not win a single victory in the last two rounds. There was a home defeat to Elche (1:2), and then the Parakeets shared points with Cadiz CF away (2-2). But they continue to be in the middle of the standings, namely, on the 11th line. After 21 matches, they have 27 points in their assets. The gap from the relegation zone is still quite confident (ten points). The Catalans have quite decent statistics at their native stadium. They earned 20 points in ten home matches, suffering only two defeats. Beyond that, they gained six victories and two draws. The goal difference in home games is 15-9.
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In the last round, Betis players again confirmed that they seriously expect to take a place in the top four. I remind you that Pellegrini’s men hammered Alaves at home (4-0). Thus, they managed to break the streak without victories, which amounted to three matches (two defeats and one draw). In the standings, the Andalusians are doing just fine. They are in 3rd place with 37 points scored, and the gap from the 4th line is four points. The Green-and-Whites scored 37 goals in 21 games. Only one team scored more in LaLiga. It is Real Madrid (45), which is in the lead in the fight for the title. Betis is among the top three clubs in Spain in terms of points scored on foreign pitches: 17 in 10 matches (five victories, two draws, and three defeats).
In the first round, Betis and Espanyol could not determine the winner at Estadio Benito Villamarin (2-2). Eight out of ten previous head-to-head confrontations at RCDE Stadium ended with Under 3.0 goals scored. In the current season, Espanyol regularly scores points on the home pitch. At the same time, Betis is among the top three teams in LaLiga according to the results that were shown away. In addition, the Green-and Whites are in the Champions League zone, and this place best confirms their strength. I think we will see a generally equal confrontation with a slight advantage of the visitors. Still, they have a higher class. Most likely, it will allow them to at least not lose.