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In the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey there is a city duel between Espanyol and FC Barcelona. The roles in this pairing should be clear. Even though the first leg may still be close, Barca will make it clear at the latest in the second leg at Camp Nou. For both, it’s the fourth game in the last ten days. Therefore, especially the FC Barcelona will certainly rotate a little, as he did in the previous round in the first leg at Celta Vigo.
Espanyol Barcelona have achieved something this season that no other Spanish club has managed to do: on 22.12.2017, Espanyol Barcelona added their only defeat of the season at home to Atletico Madrid at national level. The 1-0 win against Rojiblancos was all the more surprising as Espanyol Barcelona previously scored just one point from their three league games at Eibar, against promoted Girona and at last at Las Palmas. This threesome seems to have given the team a little boost. Although Espanyol Barcelona has lost the next game in the Copa del Rey at home against Levante with 1: 2 directly. But in the return match, the club could turn the thing and move into the quarter-finals thanks to a 2-0 success on the opponent’s place. In between, there was a 1-0 away win at Malaga and last weekend a 1-1 home win against Athletic Bilbao. This is Espanyol Barcelona since at least three competitive matches unbeaten.
Although Espanyol Barcelona are only 14th in La Liga, they do not have to worry too much about relegation, as their advantage over the relegation zone is comfortably eight points. Anyway, it is currently tight in midfield in La Liga. So, in seventh place, Betis Sevilla has just three points more than Espanyol Barcelona. In this respect, one should not overestimate the seemingly bad place of Espanyol. Overall, the little brother of FC Barcelona comes to six wins, six draws and seven defeats at 16:22 goals. In his last six home games against FC Barcelona, Espanyol have not scored a single goal. There were five defeats and a goalless draw. In fact, the last home win against Barca dates from 13.01.2007!
The curse of Anoeta is finally over! FC Barcelona failed to win in the Estadio Anoeta of Real Sociedad for almost six years. In eight appearances at San Sebastian, there had been five defeats and only three draws. Then on 19.01.2017 there was the victory in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey last season. What Barca was missing, however, was an away win in San Sebastian in La Liga, which had last been in the relegation season of Real Sociedad in 2007. Barcelona then took this on Sunday, where it did not look like it at first. After just over half an hour Real Sociedad led 2-0. However, Barcelona was able to shorten before the break and then clearly win 4-2 at the end. And yet it was a victory that does not come about every day, because overall gave Barcelona only five shots on the housing of the opponent, of which but four found their way into the goal. So Barca is pleased about the first league victory in Anoeta for over ten years and still nine points clear at the top of the table ahead of Atletico Madrid.
After the defeat of Manchester City on Sunday in Liverpool, Barcelona is the only team from the top five leagues in Europe, which is unbeaten in the championship. Barca has never really had problems with Espanyol Barcelona in the past. The last six direct duels have been won by the great FC Barcelona, with Barca unbeaten in a total of 19 direct clashes – 16 wins, three draws. In the first round, Barcelona won 5-0 at home in Camp Nou. In the second leg of the second round of the Copa del Rey Barcelona prevailed with the same result at home against Celta Vigo. In the first leg in Galicia Barca without stars such as Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez did not get beyond a 1-1.
Espanyol vs Barcelona head to head matches
09.09.17 LL Barcelona Espanyol 5 : 0
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