In the next weekend, Spain’s LaLiga will play the fixtures of the 34th matchday. Here, the city derby RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona will be played on Sunday at 21:00. Thus, the leaders in the La Liga table will visit the penultimate. The Pericos and the Blaugrana collected 31 and 82 points respectively.
What speaks for RCD Espanyol?
- Didn’t concede a goal in their last two home matches.
What speaks for FC Barcelona?
- Won exemplarily three of its last four Primera División fixtures.
Our betting tip:
- Bet: FC Barcelona
- Odds: 1.69
Expert analysis RCD Espanyol
RCD Espanyol collected 13 of their 31 points in the La Liga table from mid-January to the end of February. Because: At that time, the Pericos recorded four wins, one draw and two defeats. After the second of these, a 2-3 at home to the fourth-placed Real Sociedad on 13 February, RCD Espanyol won at the bottom-placed Elche (1-0) and at home to the twelfth-placed RCD Mallorca (2-1).
But thereafter and from a 1-2 defeat at the fifth-bottom Real Valladolid, the Pericos lost eight of their last ten championship matches. In the first six of those, they failed to collect a point. First, March ended with two 1-3 at the third-placed Real Madrid and in front of their home crowd against the 13th-placed Celta de Vigo. Then, the previous month began with just as many 1-2s in a Catalan regional derby against the seventh-placed Girona and at home against the eighth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
Between them, the club management of RCD Espanyol reacted to the results crisis and replaced Diego Martínez with Luis García. With the 42-year-old on the sidelines, the Pericos managed to take four points in their last two home matches. They did that against the 15th-placed Cádiz (0-0) and against the third-last-placed Getafe (1-0), but RCD Espanyol improved their situation in the race against relegation. Besides, they lost away at the sixth-placed Betis Sevilla (1-3), at the fifth-placed Villarreal (2-4) and in their last La Liga fixture on 4 May at the eleventh-placed Sevilla FC (2-3).
Expert analysis FC Barcelona
Two days earlier, FC Barcelona prevailed at home with 1-0 over the tenth-placed Osasuna. This marked the seventh win for Xavi’s side in ten LaLiga fixtures. Plus, the first loss of points happened on 10 April with a 0-0 home draw against Girona, who celebrated a domestic success against Real Madrid two weeks later.
Previously, the leaders threaded two 1-0 wins against the fourth-bottom Valencia and in Bilbao, a 2-1 in the Clásico against the Blancos and a 4-0 in Elche. Immediately after those against their regional rivals, there was another goalless draw at Getafe. But then FC Barcelona got back on the winning track with a 1-0 at Camp Nou against the second-placed Atlético Madrid. Afterwards, the Blaugrana initially experienced a 1-2 away defeat against Rayo Vallecano and then a 4-0 win over Betis Sevilla on 29 April.
Head-to-head comparison RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona
The first derby RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona in the La Liga 2022/2023 and took place on 31 December. The Pericos achieved a 1-1 at the Blaugrana. Previously, RCD Espanyol recorded a 0-1 away defeat and a 2-2 home draw against FC Barcelona in the past season.
Our betting tip and the best odds
The home side in the RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona clash lost eight of their last ten LaLiga fixtures. Here, the Pericos took points exclusively in the most recent home matches against Cádiz and Getafe. However, we wouldn’t use these results as a yardstick. The same applies to the fact that FC Barcelona failed to win at Getafe and Rayo Vallecano. Because: Exemplary the 1-0 against Atlético Madrid and the 4-0 against Betis Sevilla, which the Blaugrana celebrated at the end of April, underpin our tip.
RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona – betting tip: FC Barcelona, odds 1.69
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