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Barcelona VS Espanyol


Preview
Barcelona and Espanyol face at Camp Nou, in a 2nd leg match for the Copa del Rey (Quarter‑finals), after the (1‑0) home win by Espanyol in the 1st leg match. The head‑to‑head history at this stadium, favours the home team, since in the last 6 head‑to‑heads they won 6. Accordingly, in the last head‑to‑head played at this stadium, for the Primera División, on 09‑09‑2017, Barcelona won by (5‑0). L. Messi (26' , 35' and 67' ), Piqué (87' ) and L. Suárez (90' ) scored the goals of the match for Barcelona. Espanyol registers significant differences between home and away results, so special attention is due to the home/away factor.

Analysis of Barcelona

The home team comes to this 2nd leg match with a disadvantage of 1 goal, apart from the drawback of not having scored any away goals in the 1st leg. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss in away matches, with 29 goals scored and 6 conceded; against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at their stadium, with 48 goals scored and 8 conceded. They come to this match after a away win against Real Betis by (0‑5). Barcelona has won 9 and tied 1 of the last 10 home matches. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. There is a tendency for goals in their home matches, since 56 of the last 61 have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 50 out of 61 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. They have conceded the first goal in 4 of their 15 matches, and have only turned the score around in 1.

Barcelona enters into this game motivated after a 0-5 triumph away over Betis: Messi, Rakitic and Suaréz all scored the goals of the match. The home team is one of the most feared teams in the world, and in the front it holds players of extreme quality: Messi, Iniesta, Suárez and Rakitic. It is possible that in the middle field, André Gomes, Roberto, Busquets and Rakitic are the players selected by coach "Blaugrana". It should be noted that one of the gaps of this super team is the duels in the aerial game. The coach of the house will not be able to count on Paco Alcácer, Dembélé, Coutinho, Iniesta, Mascherano and Vermaelen for being injured.

Confirmed Lineup: J. Cillessen, Piqué, Sergi Roberto, S. Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Iniesta, Busquets, I. Rakitić, L. Suárez, L. Messi.
Coach: Ernesto Valverde.

Analysis of Espanyol

The away team comes to this 2nd leg match with an advantage of 1 goal, but has suffered 0 goals at home in the 1st leg. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 10 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 14 conceded. In their last match, for the Primera División, they got a home loss against Sevilla by (0‑3). In the last 10 away matches Espanyol has won 2, tied 4 and lost 4. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 6 times and have only turned the score around in 1. In the last 12 away matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (0'‑15') and 3 of their 8 goals between (31'‑45').

Espanhol enters this action unmotivated after a 0-3 home loss in the reception to Sevilla. The Spaniard Gerard Moreno is the player responsible for putting the opponent's defensive in the direction, and his highest quality is the finalization. The highest valence of the away team are the counter-attacks, being that it has fast and strong players in one-on-one. The coach will not be able to count on Morillas, Piatti and Jurado for being injured.

Confirmed Lineup: Pau López, Naldo, Marc Navarro, Hermoso, Aarón Martín, David López, Víctor Sánchez, Darder, Granero, Javi Fuego, Gerard Moreno.
Coach: David Gallego.

Betting suggestion:

The most likely scenario for this challenge will be the occurrence of a few goals. The home team has been overwhelming in its latest home games as it has scored a total of 12 goals in the last three matches in its arena. Thus, one guesses that Barcelona can take advantage of the defensive fragilities of Espanhol to score some goals.
NOTE: Statistical values limited to the matches in our database.
 

Copa del Rey - 2017/2018

  • 100% 112 / 112 Games

  • Home team wins 47.32%
  • Draws 8.93%
  • Away team wins 43.75%
  • Over 1.5 75%
  • Over 2.5 49.11%
  • Over 3.5 26.79%
  • Goals 293
  • Goals /match 2.62
  • Goals /match home 1.36
  • Goals /match away 1.26
  • Both teams score 46.43%
  • Goals after 80' 21.84%
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