Espanyol vs Barcelona: Predictions, odds & betting tips

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Barcelona travel to the RCDE stadium on Sunday for the Catalan derby in La Liga against Espanyol.

Xavi Hernandez's side come into the game following an impressive 4-2 defeat of champions Atletico Madrid last weekend with the Blaugrana extending their unbeaten league run to seven matches.

Espanyol, meanwhile, are yet to win a league game in 2022, enduring three defeats and a draw in their four La Liga clashes so far this year.

Espanyol vs Barcelona latest odds

Xavi's first match in charge of Barca came against Espanyol back in November at Camp Nou where the visitors spurned a number of extremely clear chances to score, in a match which ended 1-0 to the hosts.

Barcelona can be backed at 3/4 (1.75) with bet365 to claim another win, while Vicente Moreno's Espanyol are available at 4/1 (5.00) to record what would be their first derby win at home in the league since 2007.

The draw is on offer at 13/5 (3.60).

Espanyol vs Barcelona first goalscorer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his Barcelona debut off the bench last weekend and the former Arsenal striker is the shortest priced player to score first at 10/3 (4.33).

Ferran Torres is offered at 9/2 (5.50), the same price as Luuk De Jong, while Espanyol's Raul De Tomas, the joint top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga, is available at 11/2 (6.50).

Espanyol vs Barcelona preview

Signs of improvement are beginning to be seen from Barcelona and, having strengthened the squad in the transfer window, the Blaugrana are expected to continue to climb up the table.

Last weekend's win over Atletico saw them move into a Champions League spot, and Barca's impressive firepower should help them win plenty of matches between now and the end of the season.

However, they remain vulnerable defensively with the side keeping just two clean sheets in their last 13 competitive fixtures, and Espanyol will be confident of finding the back of the net on Sunday.

Los Pericos really should have scored at Camp Nou, with Raul De Tomas hitting the woodwork and Landry Dimata missing from just a few yards out, and Espanyol are a side who have been finding the back of the net consistently this term.

Indeed, since their blank in the derby back in November, Espanyol have netted in 12 of their subsequent 13 matches and backing them to do so once more makes sense.

Espanyol vs Barcelona tips & predictions

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like a promising selection for this game and is offered at the healthy looking price of 11/10 (2.10).

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Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+.Begambleaware.org

Best Bet Banner 28022020 Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with bet365

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