In these days, the 15th matchday in Spain’s La Liga will take place. Here, the city derby FC Barcelona vs. RCD Espanyol will be played on Saturday at 14:00. Thus, the leaders in the La Liga table will receive the fifth-last team at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana and the Periquitos collected 37 and 12 points respectively.
What speaks for FC Barcelona?
- Won all the last five championship matches
What speaks for RCD Espanyol?
- Derbies always bring an extra boost of motivation
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: Under 3.5 goals
- Odds: 1.82
Expert analysis of FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona went into the World Cup break on 8 November with a 2-1 away success against the seventh-placed Osasuna. Thus, the Xavi’s squad celebrated its twelfth win in 13 championship matches. Here, the exception happened on 16 October with a 1-3 away defeat in the Clásico against the second-placed Real Madrid. The Blancos lie two points behind the Blaugrana. Furthermore, it marked the seventh time in FC Barcelona’s last nine La Liga appearances that fewer than 3.5 goals were scored. From mid-September onwards, more goals came exclusively on 23 October in a 4-0 at home against the fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
Additionally, the Blaugrana celebrated in October two 1-0 at the eleventh-placed RCD Mallorca and at home against the fourth-last-placed Celta de Vigo, a 3-0 domestic success against the ninth-placed Villarreal and a 1-0 away victory against the tenth-placed FC Valencia. Then, the previous month began with a 2-0 at Camp Nou against the 14th-placed Almería. For the derby against RCD Espanyol, Xavi must cope, for example, with the suspension of Robert Lewandowski, and thus the La Liga top scorer.
Expert analysis of RCD Espanyol
Furthermore, in five of RCD Espanyol’s last six championship matches, less than 3.5 goals were scored. Here, a 2-2 in front of the home crowd against the last-placed Elche on 23 October constituted the exception. This snapped a streak for Diego Martinez’s side with a 1-0 home win over the twelfth-placed Real Valladolid and a 0-1 away defeat to Osasuna. Then, the Periquitos experienced 1-1 draws in Mallorca as well as at the fifth-placed Atlético Madrid and a 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal on 9 November.
Head-to-head comparison FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol
In all the last four competitive matches FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou, less than 3.5 goals were scored. Here, the Blaugrana first achieved two 2-0s in the Copa del Rey on 25 January 2018 and in the Primera División on 30 March 2019.
These were followed by just as many 1-0s on 8 July 2020 and 20 November 2021. However, FC Barcelona experienced a 2-2 in the last derby against RCD Espanyol on 13 February 2022. Thereby, Luuk de Jong, who meanwhile moved from the Blaugrana to PSV Eindhoven, equalized in the 96th minute.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
In seven of the last nine La Liga matches involving the home side in the FC Barcelona vs. RCD Espanyol derby, fewer than 3.5 goals were scored. The same occurred in five of the visitors’ last six championship appearances. Furthermore, three or fewer goals arrived in all the last four competitive matches between the Blaugrana and the Periquitos at the Camp Nou. Moreover, Xavi will be without Lewandowski and thus the top scorer.
FC Barcelona vs. RCD Espanyol – betting prediction: Under 3.5 goals, odds 1.82
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