Espanyol v Barcelona Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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The hosts will be fired up once more for the visit of their neighbours and we are expecting a closely fought derby with goals few and far between

Sunday sees the third Catalan derby in under three weeks as Barcelona and Espanyol meet at the Camp Nou having just contested a Copa del Rey tie.

Espanyol won the home leg of the tie 1-0 before losing 2-0 at the Camp Nou and a fierce atmosphere is on the cards again this weekend. 

Match odds

Espanyol are the only side to beat Barcelona in any competition since August and dabblebet offer them at 9/1 (10.00) to record another victory.

The Blaugrana can be backed at 1/3 (1.33) , with the draw offered at 4/1 (5.00) .

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Team news

Barca have the second leg of their Copa semi final at Valencia on Thursday and with Ernesto Valverde's side holding a slender 1-0 lead, he may decide to rest some players.

Marc ter Segen will come back into the side in goal, while Andres Iniesta could be on the bench and Philippe Coutinho could start his second league game.

Espanyol have no real injury concerns heading into the game and could give a debut to new signing Carlos Sanchez in midfield. 

Fiery derby in prospect

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There will certainly be plenty of tension on and off the pitch for this derby and Espanyol will be desperate to restrict their neighbours.

Barca will perhaps be more focused on the forthcoming semi final, and with an 11-point lead at the top of table, the Blaugrana know this game will not be a title decider.

The hosts therefore will look to defend extremely deeply while no doubt asserting themselves physically, and this could lead to another low-scoring game.

Tips and predictions

Under 2.5 goals is priced at 23/20 (2.15) and paid out in both of the recent Copa derbies, and also proved profitable in seven of Espanyol's last eight home games. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Under 2.5 goals at 23/20 (2.15) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet

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