Espanyol vs Barcelona Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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The hosts come into the Catalan Derby with an excellent home record and we think there is value in backing them to open the scoring on Saturday

With six wins from the seven home matches they have played in all competitions this season, Espanyol fans have had plenty to cheer.

The other side from the Catalan capital have enjoyed one of their most positive starts to a season in recent years, and while three defeats in a row have stemmed the euphoria of Los Pericos, they still head into this weekend's derby in good shape.

Last season, Barca drew 1-1 at Cornella El Prat in La Liga and were beaten 1-0 there in the Copa Del Rey, so Ernesto Valvderde's side will be wary of a team who always raise their game for this fixture. 

Latest odds

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bet365 price Espanyol at a healthy looking 11/2 (6.50) to record what would be their first home league win in this fixture since 2007.

Barca have won just three of their six away games this term and only one of their last four, with the champions priced at 1/2 (1.50) and the draw at 10/3 (4.33).

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Team news

Luis Suarez hopes to return from injury for the Blaugrana, with the Uruguayan having missed the last couple of games. Arthur Melo missed last weekend's win over Villarreal and could miss out again while Samuel Umtiti remains sidelined.

Luis Suarez La Liga Barcelona 2018-19

Espanyol have centre-back Naldo and veteran centre-forward Sergio Garcia both out.

Preview 

On the road this season, Barca have failed to really impress in any of the six matches they have contested in La Liga.

Espanyol, meanwhile, have been one of the strongest teams at home all season and new manager Rubi has got the side playing better and more intelligently.

Los Pericos also boast one of the most in-form strikers in the division with Borja Iglesias netting in five of the last six league games.

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There is enough reason for us to think that, in their biggest game of the season, Espanyol can cause Barcelona some problems and there are several angles from which to approach the game.

Tips and predictions

Backing Espanyol to open the scoring at 11/5 (3.20) looks like an excellent option with Barca conceding the opening goal in three of their last five La Liga away games.

Also of interest could be backing either Espanyol to be ahead or a draw at half time at 4/5 (1.80) with this selection paying out in five of their six home games this term. 

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

Betting Banner - Best Bet Espanyol to score first at 11/5 (3.20) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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