Betting Preview: Espanyol v Barcelona: Back Messi to score anytime

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The diminutive Argentine has been on top of his game all season and will be looking to put in another fine display this weekend

RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona renew their rivalry in the Catalan derby which takes place at the RCDE Stadium in the Spanish Primera Division on Sunday afternoon.

Asier Garitino’s men were on the end of a 3-2 loss to Leganes last weekend and maiintain 15th spot on the log, seven points clear of danger.

Espanyol vs Barcelona

Espanyol inflicted Barca their first defeat this season in all competitions when they met in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter finals. Any chance of them repeating it comes at the price of (9.00) with Bet365.

The Blaugrana had to stage a comeback to beat Alaves 2-1 at the Cam Nou last Sunday. Though it was a nervy affair, they still comfortably sit 11 points clear at the summit of the table.

Ernesto Valverde’s men were eventually able to overcome the Budgerigars 2-1 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey last eight tie and will be confident of securing a win at (1.33) which ensures their unbeaten run in the Spanish top-flight continues.

Punters who are bold to envisage the game ending in a stalemate can back it at odds of (5.25) with the same betting firm.

Espanyol are winless in their last 17 La Liga against Barcelona, losing 14, drawing three and failing to score in 13 of them. Backing the Camp Nou giants to win to nil is offered at (2.10).

Espanyol Barcelona PS

Garitino’s men have failed to win their last 10 league games at home, failing to score in five of them. Both teams NOT to score is valued at (1.75).

The Budgerigars have conceded exactly three goals in their last two top-flight games and while this game isn’t expected to be devoid of goal action, backing three or more goals to surface at the RCDE stadium is priced at (1.66).

Lionel Messi has scored 24 goals in his last 24 La Liga games and is favourite to score anytime at odds of (1.44) with Bet365.

*Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

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