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Barcelona vs Espanyol Prediction & Betting tips
Barca – Espanyol, the Catalan city derby also does not take place on an equal footing. FC Barcelona, who has been optimistic in the new season despite all the unrest with two victories, expects the small neighbors as a clear favorite. Espanyol Barcelona have, in the meantime, blown the start with only one counter from two games largely.
There were already 179 duels between both clubs, of which Barca could win over 107 more than half. For Espanyol, only 34 wins are recorded in 38 draws. At home, Barca lost even nine Derbys, but won ten draws but 70.
FC Barcelona have made a good start to the preparations for Juventus (2-1), Manchester United (1: 0) and Real Madrid (3-2) at the International Champions Cup, while the record change of Neymar for ample restlessness. The last test matches against Gimnàstic de Tarragona (1: 1) and the Brazilian first division Chapecoense (5-0) were still good, but in the Supercopa against Real Madrid the dream of the first title and the very clear (1: 3) Home, 0-2 away), which made the restlessness in combination with the long-lasting quest for reinforcement no less. However, the positive start to the Primera Division with a 2-0 win against Betis Sevilla, which was still a bit hard, was all the more important. On the second day of the match, Deportivo Alaves did not make it easy for Barca to win 2-0.
The last injured Luis Suarez is probably back again and could start with the new entry Ousmane Dembele, which is planned as a Neymar replacement on the left outside. Rafinha, who is still injured, is unlikely to be operational.
Provisional lineup: Tergi – Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Messi, Suarez, Dembele
After last season’s high expectations were not met with eighth place, Espanyol Barcelona only played a good preparation for the new season. After victory against two subclass clubs and Borussia Dortmund (1: 0) none of the last three tests were won. While they were still drawn against Twente Enschede (0-0) and Hamburger SV (1: 1), the final rehearsal against SSC Napoli (0-2) was lost. The season started with a 1: 1 at FC Sevilla appealing, but the decent start followed at home a bitter disappointment against CD Leganes. On the second day, Espanyol lost to their own audience 2: 2 against Espanyol.
With Carlo Duarte, Javi Lopez, Diego Lopez, Victor Sanchez and Alvaro Vazquez, coach Quique Flores will be without five injured players. After the defeat against Leganes, personnel changes are not unlikely.
Provisional lineup:Pau Lopez – Granero, David Lopez, Naldo, Aaron Martin – Hernan Perez, Jurado, Javi Fuego, Piatti – Baptistao, Gerard
Barcelona vs Espanyol head to head matches
29.04.17 LL Espanyol Barcelona 0 : 3
18.12.16 LL Barcelona Espanyol 4 : 1
25.10.16 CF Barcelona Espanyol 0 : 1
08.05.16 LL Barcelona Espanyol 5 : 0
13.01.16 CDR Espanyol Barcelona 0 : 2