It’s the Catalan derby, as Barcelona host neighbours Espanyol in La Liga, kicking off at 4:15pm local time on Saturday. The hosts are close to retaining their title, with the visitors labouring in mid-table.

Home Team: Barcelona

Barcelona are a team that when April approaches, they are so often in three competitions, fighting for a treble, that they did achieve in 2009 and 2015. Barcelona always qualify for the last 8 in the Champions League, make the final in the Copa Del Rey, and are in the fight for a title race at this time of the year. However, this season, they are overwhelming favourites for a domestic double, and consider themselves one of the favourites to lift the Champions League.

In their last encounter, Lionel Messi’s masterpiece performance saw them defeat Real Betis 4-1. In quite a remarkable occurrence, Lionel Messi scored a sumptuous chip, which was not only applauded, but also made all the home fans bow down to the Argentine. That win in Seville against Betis was their 5th consecutive win in La Liga, and stretches their unbeaten run to 16 league matches. Can Barcelona be stopped?

Away Team: Espanyol

After a promising start to the season, Espanyol had started to tail off just before the new year. Their form in 2019 is worrying, which has seen them plummet from a top 6 position to 13th. The club are 9 points clear of the drop with a possible 30 to play for, so they would think that a few more wins from now until the end of the season should cement their place as a La Liga side for next season. However, their chances of getting into Europe next season, which seemed a strong possibility for quite some time, now look to be hanging by a thread, as they are 6 points adrift and find themselves in poor form. Only one win in their last five has been earned, and that was against struggling Valladolid. Espanyol have only won 3 games in 2019, and that is just not good enough, so manager Rubi knows he needs to turn around his club’s fortunes.

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Head to Head

In La Liga fixtures, Barcelona have been predictably dominant in this fixtures history, and even more so at the Nou Camp. Barcelona have won their last 8th consecutive home ties against Espanyol, with their last defeat coming back in 2008/2009 campaign – in a season where Barcelona went on to win the treble. In the last 5 fixtures at the Nou Camp between the two sides, Barcelona have scored at least four goals, with results such as 5-0, 5-1, and 4-0. Espanyol did get a point against Barcelona last season in their own home, which was just one of two times that they have earned points of their most fierce rivals in their last 14 meetings in La Liga. In the reverse fixture, Barcelona won 4-0 back in December, with Lionel Messi getting a brace.

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Predictions and Betting Tips Barcelona vs Espanyol

bet now betting on football  Barcelona are at 1/5 to get a routine win, with Espanyol at 11/1 to repeat their 2009 success. You can get odds of 6/1 to back a draw. In this type of form, Barcelona are hard to back against, so you may feel confident putting your mortgage on Barcelona to avoid defeat at 1/50. All jokes aside, I expect Barcelona to win comfortably as they always do against Espanyol, so I will back a 4-1 home win at 12/1.

  To win decent money on realistic outcomes, you can be bold and back there to be 0 goals in the first half at 7/2, back both teams to score in the second half at 21/10 or even back Espanyol to score the last goal, at 3/1. Finally, Lionel Messi scored a double in the reverse fixture this season, and you can back him to achieve that feat again at 11/5.

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