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Espanyol will host FC Barcelona for its derby match this Sunday, in the ongoing season of La Liga.
Barcelona has slowly moved up the points table since Xavi took over as the head coach. In fact, his first match as coach was the reverse fixture against the local rivals, a game in which Barcelona ended up winning 1-0. Since then, Barcelona has lost just one match under his watch, which has resulted in the team reaching 4th place on the points table, ahead of champions Atletico Madrid, who trail them by 2 points.
If Barcelona were to win this game, they could move up to the third spot, overtaking Real Betis. Barcelona will be feeling pretty confident after beating Atletico 4-2 in the previous fixture, and view this game as an important practice match before it faces Napoli in the Europa League next week.
Espanyol earned its promotion to the top flight after finishing as Champions in the Segunda Division but has failed to show consistency so far in the season. The team has managed to win just one out of its last 5 matches, and come into this game on the back of two consecutive losses. This has left the team struggling at 13th place on the points table with 27 points. While there is no immediate danger of entering the relegation zone, Espanyol will need to play better if it wants to finish within the top 10.
Match prediction and betting tips for RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Estadi Cornella-El Prat, Barcelona, on 13th February 2022.
Xavi has strengthened his squad by acquiring some top-notch players during the transfer period. He will be looking to start the game with his newest inclusions, Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Adam Traore, all playing in the front. The team is, however, likely to miss out on Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Alejandro Balde, and Sergi Roberto, who are injured. Dani Alves will be serving his suspension, while Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia remain doubtful.
The hosts will be happy to welcome back Raul de Tomas, who is back from suspension. Coach Flores has a fully fit squad to choose from and will be looking to trouble their depleted neighbors. The odds are, however, heavily stacked against the hosts, who can still manage to score by full time.
Bet on Barcelona to win.