Espanyol is hosting Barcelona in this local derby of first leg of the Copa Del Rey, tonight at 20.00 GMT
1: After a poor start to the La Liga, the home team has managed to get back to their feet, managing to have 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in their last 5 matches. To qualify for the quarter final stage, they beat Levante on a goal difference on two matches, with a total score of 3:2. Espanyol’s attack is not that good, and they have only netted 0.84 goals per game in the Liga.
2: Barcelona on the other hand, comes to this match in a flying moment and undefeated after 29 matches in all competitions. Leo Messi is still proving himself effective as always, with an exceptional performance, netting so far 23 goals in all competitions. Barca has a 2.7 goal scoring average in La Liga, winning 7 out of their last 8 matches, by 2 or more goals.
HEAD TO HEAD
Espanyol last win against their local rivals in an official tournament was over 10 years ago in a Cup match with 3:1, but the run ended with a 5:0 result, on the return match in Camp Nou.
Espanyol Team News
Jairo Morillas, Sergio García and Pablo Piatti are suffering injuries. Few changes are likely to occur on the side that last time drew against Athletic.
Barcelona Team News
Barcelona have quite a few players likely to miss because of injuries, including Nélson Semedo, Andrés Iniesta, Paco Alcácer, Philippe Coutinho, Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembele who has suffered a new problem. Colombian defender Yerry Mina has just joined, but he has been trained a couple of times only, so he might not be involved.
Espanyol vs Barcelona Prediction
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