Espanyol have not been the most prolific of sides of late, only managing to win one out of their last six matches in the League, but they also have not been a pushover either, having never lost, whilst their city rivals Barcelona have won seven in eight and are fresh from an almost too easy, 2-0 win against PSG in the Champions League, making the final aggregate score of this quarter-final 5-1, and a similarly easy 2-0 victory against Valencia last weekend. Espanyol striker, Sergio Garcia will be looking to get one back on his old club and considering Victor Sanchez will not be available for this clash due to his suspension, Alvarez should take his place in the midfield, for the rest nothing much should change from their last match. Barcelona will recover Iniesta therefore having a practically fully fit squad, apart from the long-term injured Thomas Vermaelen who has been out since his surgery on his hamstring in December, but might decide to leave the talented midfielder on the bench playing Xavi instead. With the awesome striking trio of Neymar, Suarez and Messi a top football tipster’s has a rather easy job choosing a side to tip in this one, do you agree?
Our Probable Formations:
Espanyol (4.4.2) Casilla, Arbilla, Gonzalez, Moreno, Duarte, Vazquez, Canas, Lopez, Alvarez, Garcia and Caicedo.
Barcelona (4.3.3) Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, and Neymar.
BetAdvisor Top Tips:
The best sports betting experts will know that Espanyol are undefeated in their last 6 matches in La Liga but Barcelona are also unbeaten in their last 9 away matches against Espanyol setting this one up to be a cracker.
The top football prediction would be for an over 2.5 as Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches in the League.