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The La Liga tie at Estadio Camp Nou on Saturday will see hosts Barcelona take on Espanyol.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Barcelona v Espanyol match are shown here (including the best match odds).
Barcelona head into this game coming off the back of a 3-3 La Liga tied result versus Celta Vigo.
In that game, Barcelona managed 48% possession and 10 shots on goal with 6 on target. For Barcelona, the goalscorers were Ansu Fati (5'), Sergio Busquets (18') and Memphis Depay (34'). At the other end, Celta de Vigo had 18 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Iago Aspas (52', 96') and Nolito (74') scored for Celta Vigo.
Xavi Hernández's Barcelona have hit the target a sum total of 7 times over their past six outings. Conversely, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in that time amounts to 7.
Their previous form shows that Barcelona:
- have not lost a league tie with Espanyol in their previous 22 matches. A very long unbeaten run against them.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league games.
Espanyol come into this encounter after a 2-0 La Liga win vs Granada in their previous outing.
In that match, Espanyol managed 43% possession and 17 shots at goal with 6 on target. For Espanyol, the goalscorers were Adrià Pedrosa (30') and Raúl de Tomás (42'). On the other side, Granada CF got 17 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target.
In their previous 6 clashes, Espanyol have helped themselves to a tally of 10 goals. Espanyol have also scored on each one of those occasions. During that period, their defenders have had 6 goals scored by their opponents. We will have to see whether or not that trend can be sustained here.
Pre-game facts show that Espanyol:
- are winless against Barcelona when they have played them away from home in the previous 11 league games. An awful away record.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 7 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of past results between these clubs going back to 25/01/2018 tells us that these encounters have been pretty painful for Espanyol. They have not managed to get themselves any wins at all while Barcelona have just been stronger than them, running out winners in 67% of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined sum of 15 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 12 of them from Barça and 3 netted by Periquitos. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The last league encounter featuring these sides was La Liga match day 35 on 08/07/2020 which ended up with the score at Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol.
On that day, Barcelona managed 74% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player to score was Luis Suárez (56').
At the other end, Espanyol got 11 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by José Luis Munuera Montero.
Team News: Barcelona
The Barcelona manager Xavi Hernández doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game thanks to a fully healthy squad available to select from.
Team News: Espanyol
Owing to a completely healthy group available for selection, the Espanyol boss Vicente Moreno does not have any fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this game.
In this game, Espanyol will have a difficult task to put one past a Barcelona outfit who have the quality to dominate this match.
We are anticipating a comprehensive 3-0 winning scoreline for Barcelona when all is said and done.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Camp Nou (99,354)
Captain: Sergio Busquets
Chairman: Joan Laporta
Manager: Xavi Hernández
Competitions: La Liga position 9, Champions League (Group E)
⭐ Key Man: Martin Braithwaite
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Martin Braithwaite was born in Esbjerg, Denmark. Having made a first senior appearance for Esbjerg in the 2009 - 2010 season, the gifted Forward has managed 2 league goals in the LaLiga 2021 - 2022 season so far in 3 appearances.