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Espanyol v Barcelona Betting: Champs to continue enduring frustration in Catalan derby

8:30 PM IST 28/04/17
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Despite being in fine scoring form we think Barca could be frustrated in front of goal by a side who have been able to restrict them in recent years

Of Barcelona's four remaining league matches this season, Saturday's visit to cross-city rivals Espanyol stands out as being the most challenging for Luis Enrique's men.

Fresh from a win in the Clasico and a 7-1 demolition of Osasuna on Wednesday evening, the Blaugrana travel to Cornella El Prat hoping to keep alive their hopes of winning the league title once more.

As motivated as Barca will be to retain their crown, Espanyol will be just as keen to prevent their neighbours from securing yet more silverware and for Los Pericos' supporters there could be few things sweeter than a victory on Saturday and the frustration it would cause their eternal enemies.

Espanyol themselves also have hopes of securing European football which could be achieved with a seventh placed finish, so there is plenty on the line for both sides ahead of Saturday's game.

Bet365, who as ever as live streaming the clash for UK-based customers, offer a home win at 14/1 (15.00) while Barca can be backed at 2/11 (1.18) with the draw priced at 13/2 (7.50).

While Barca generally enjoy comfortable wins in the Camp Nou against Espanyol, away from home things tend to be tougher and the corresponding fixture last season ended in a goalless draw.

Of course, Barcelona are clearly favourites and rightly so, yet this game might be more of a battle than a free-flowing, expansive spectacle and the price of 21/10 (3.10) for under 2.5 goals should greatly appeal. 

This bet has paid out in each of the Blaugrana's last six away games versus Espanyol as well as in five of their league games on the road this season. The price is big enough for a value bet in what should be a fiercely contested game. 

Under 2.5 goals at 21/10 (3.10) for a 1pt stake with bet365