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Espanyol - Barcelona Betting Preview: Why a high-scoring first half looks likely in the Catalan derby

Espanyol - Barcelona Betting Preview: Why a high-scoring first half looks likely in the Catalan derby

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Over 1.5 first-half goals is a bet that has paid out with consistent regularity in Barca games this season and our Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, is backing it once more

This season's Catalan derby at Cornella El Prat has nothing but local pride riding on it, with Barcelona already crowned champions and Espanyol assured of their safety in the top flight.

BetVictor price a home win at 22/5 (5.40) while Barcelona can be backed at 4/7 (1.57), a price which is just fractionally too small to invest in.
 
Because this should be a relatively comfortable win for the Blaugrana against the cross-city rivals, given that Espanyol have been playing of late like a team with little motivation given their position in the league.

Guaranteed safety yet with no chance of Europe, Espanyol have lost three of their last four games and their demanding Mexican coach, Javier Aguirre, will expect much more from his side against Barca.
 
Looking at the markets, the price of 13/10 (2.30) for over 1.5 goals in the first half looks to offer some considerable value.

This bet has paid out 22 times in Barca's league games this season, including the meeting between the two sides earlier in the campaign, and to see it here offered at such an attractive price makes it an excellent option for this match.
 
For some higher odds, the price of 3/1 (4.00) for Barcelona to win both halves looks extremely generous and should be taken by any punter looking for a small investment in this game.

BET
OF THE
DAY
BEST BET
VALUE BET
Over 1.5 goals first half at 13/10 (2.30) with Bet Victor
Barcelona to win both halves at 3/1 (4.00) with Bet Victor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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