Under new coach Javier Aguirre, the Catalans have picked up three successive draws, although Sunday's 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid felt more like a win.
William Hill price Espanyol at 5/6 (1.83) to claim the first victory of Aguirre's tenure, while Deportivo can be backed at 16/5 (4.20) to end their run of seven matches without a win. The draw is offered at 13/5 (3.60).
The momentum therefore is with Espanyol and anyone who saw their performance against Real Madrid will be aware that this is a side capable of playing some attractive and effective football.
In Sergio Garcia they possess a number nine who, on his day, can terrorise even the sternest of defences, as proved by his stunning goal and overall showing at the Bernabeu.
Having returned from a four-match ban and opened his account against the champions, Garcia will be keen to put in another decent performance and the price of 6/5 (2.20) for him to score at any time looks extremely attractive.
With Garcia hitting form and captain Joan Verdu pulling the strings in midfield, Espanyol certainly inspire more confidence than a beleaguered Deportivo side, who were thrashed 6-0 in their last away game at Atletico Madrid.
While Espanyol do not have the same firepower as Atleti, they should be backed to beat a team who have won just one of their last 17 matches.
For a value bet try backing Garcia to open the scoring at 9/2 (5.50) - just like he did on Sunday in spectacular fashion.
|Espanyol to win at 5/6 (1.83) with William Hill
||Sergio Garcia to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with William Hill|
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