Barcelona vs Espanol Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 13 Feb 2022
Barcelona travel to the RCDE stadium on Sunday for the Catalan derby in La Liga against Espanyol. Xavi Hernandez’s side come into the game following an impressive 4-2 defeat of champions Atletico Madrid last weekend with the Blaugrana extending their unbeaten league run to seven matches. Espanyol, meanwhile, are yet to win a league game in 2022, enduring three defeats and a draw in their four La Liga clashes so far this year.
Xavi’s first match in charge of Barca came against Espanyol back in November at Camp Nou where the visitors spurned a number of extremely clear chances to score, in a match which ended 1-0 to the hosts. Barcelona can be backed at 3/4 (1.75) with bet365 to claim another win, while Vicente Moreno’s Espanyol are available at 4/1 (5.00) to record what would be their first derby win at home in the league since 2007.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his Barcelona debut off the bench last weekend and the former Arsenal striker is the shortest priced player to score first at 10/3 (4.33). Ferran Torres is offered at 9/2 (5.50), the same price as Luuk De Jong, while Espanyol’s Raul De Tomas, the joint top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga, is available at 11/2 (6.50).
Signs of improvement are beginning to be seen from Barcelona and, having strengthened the squad in the transfer window, the Blaugrana are expected to continue to climb up the table. Last weekend’s win over Atletico saw them move into a Champions League spot, and Barca’s impressive firepower should help them win plenty of matches between now and the end of the season. However, they remain vulnerable defensively with the side keeping just two clean sheets in their last 13 competitive fixtures, and Espanyol will be confident of finding the back of the net on Sunday.
Los Pericos really should have scored at Camp Nou, with Raul De Tomas hitting the woodwork and Landry Dimata missing from just a few yards out, and Espanyol are a side who have been finding the back of the net consistently this term. Indeed, since their blank in the derby back in November, Espanyol have netted in 12 of their subsequent 13 matches and backing them to do so once more makes sense.
Having secured a return to La Liga by winning last season’s Segunda Division, consolidation back at this level was always going to be Espanyol’s number one priority during the 2021-22 campaign, so it has been a relatively successful season to date despite their recent struggles.
Indeed, a record of seven wins, six draws and 10 defeats from 23 matches has seen the Catalan outfit collect 27 points, which has left them in 13th spot in the table, three points off the top 10 and crucially nine points clear of the relegation zone heading into the final months of the season. Espanyol are without a victory in the league since the end of December, though, picking up just one point from their last four matches against Elche, Cadiz, Real Betis and Athletic Bilbao.
Vicente Moreno’s side have won six, drawn two and lost three of their 11 league matches this season to collect 20 points, but they have lost their last two in front of their own fans to Elche and Real Betis. Espanyol have also only won 34 of their previous 173 La Liga matches against Barcelona, suffering 101 defeats in the process, including a 1-0 loss in the reverse match at Camp Nou back in November.
Barcelona, meanwhile, recorded a 1-0 win over Alaves on January 23 before beating Atletico Madrid 4-2 last weekend, with Adama Traore making his second debut for the club, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang making his first outing since arriving from Arsenal ahead of the transfer deadline.
Xavi’s side scored all four of their goals against Atletico in the opening 49 minutes, and the result moved them above the reigning champions into fourth spot in the table, now just two points behind third-placed Real Betis with a game in hand on the Seville-based outfit. Barcelona are not in a title race this season, sitting 15 points behind leaders Real Madrid, but they are in a strong position to secure a top-four finish and will also be aiming for success in the Europa League.
A busy end to February will see the Catalan side face Napoli twice in the Europa League, in addition to league fixtures against Espanyol, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao, and the performance against Atletico last time out certainly raised the confidence of the club’s supporters. Barcelona, who have not lost to Espanyol in La Liga since February 2009, have found it difficult to secure wins on their travels in the league this season, though, picking up maximum points on just three occasions, collecting only 15 points from 11 away fixtures.
With four wins and two draws in the last six games in La Liga, Barcelona is clearly in good form at the moment. Meanwhile, Espanyol has just one win in the last six games and they’ve struggled a bit lately. So, our prediction for this game is for Barcelona to win. After all, they are the better team and they beat Espanyol in four of their last five h2h meetings.
Although both teams score in just one of the last five head-to-head duels between Espanyol and Barcelona, we can see that happening on Sunday in their next game. The reason lies in the fact that both teams scored in 57% of all Espanyol matches in the league this season, while the same thing happened in 64% of all Barcelona games in La Liga so far.