Espanyol vs Barcelona by Voetbal-Inside
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Espanol are in 12th place in the league table, with 20 points out of 16 games. Their record is 6-2-8 and have scored 16:26. From those 20 points they have so far 14 of those came from home games, quiet a difference when you look at their away games. Good thing for them today’s game is at home! Espanol’s current from is far from bad (2-1-2) with a 4:3 goal difference. Something that shows me they are not a team to underestimate, and that’s exactly what we want.
Leaders Barcelona have 38 points and a 21-2-2 record coming along with a 40:15 goal difference. They failed to win two of their last three games, allowing Atletico Madrid to join them in 1st place. After a successful trip to Japan a couple of weeks ago they have to focus on some more serious opponents from now on. They are still active in all competitions which will require some planning, and it will be difficult to match up week in week out against teams who only have to play 1 game a week and have plenty of time to be rested.
Today’s derby will likely have a winner that most of us predict, but aside from that I don’t have the feeling that the home team will be outplayed. In their 8 home games this season they only lost 2, and are -2 on goal difference. And only one of those two games they lost by 3 or more (0-6 against Real Madrid in round 3). The last 10 times Espanol hosted Barcelona, Barcelona won 5 times. And only 1 of the last 19 games Espanol played at home against Barcelona they lost by 3 goals or more, 5 years ago. Barcelona have been far from impressive this season in away games, winning just 1 game by 3 goals or more (0-4 against Real Madrid). Another thing to know is that these two teams play eachother 4 days later again! This time the game is played at Camp Nou and it’s the 1/8 round of the Copa del Rey, so it will be interesting to see if Barcelona will play their strongest team in both occasions. I think Barcelona will win by a single goal and if they try hard by 2, they know that the season is long and these are not the most important games. Espanol will try hard to show the home fans that they didn’t come to the stadium for no reason, and will do their best to please them.
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