Barcelona – Espanyol TIPS from insiders (25.01.2018)

Barcelona and Espanyol meet at Camp Nou, in a return match of this phase of the Copa del Rey (Quarter-finals), after in the first leg Espanyol won at home by (1-0). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 6 wins in the last 6 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 09-09-2017, in a match for the First Division that ended in Barcelona’s victory by (5-0). The goals of the match were scored by L. Messi (26 ‘, 35’ and 67 ‘), Piqué (87’) and L. Suárez (90 ‘) for Barcelona. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Espanyol presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.

Barcelona:

After the defeat in the first leg, the home team arrives at this disadvantaged match at a disadvantage, since they need to recover 1 goal from a disadvantage and have not scored any goals in the previous match. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss in away matches; against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a win away with Real Betis by (0-5). In the last 10 home matches Barcelona has won 9 and tied 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 56 of the last 61 matches have ended with Over 1,5 goals and 50 in 61 have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 4 matches in which they suffered the first goal.

The Barcelona comes to this game motivated, after a triumph outsider, by 0-5, in the visit to the land of Betis: Messi, Rakitic and Suaréz scored the goals of the win. The team of the house is one of the most feared in the world, being that on the attack front has players of extreme quality: Messi, Iniesta, Suárez and Rakitic. It is possible that midfield André Gomes, Roberto, Busquets and Rakitic are the players selected by the Blaugrana coach. To point out that one of the gaps in this super team is the aerial game. The local coach will not be able to count on Paco Alcácer, Dembélé, Coutinho, Iniesta, Mascherano and Vermaelen, for being injured.

Espanyol:

The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first 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; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last match that they disputed, for the First Division, they lost with Sevilla at home (0-3). In the last 10 away matches Espanyol has won 2, tied 4 and lost 4. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 matches in which they suffered the first goal. There are 2 periods in highlight in the last 12 away matches for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 8 goals between the minutes (0′-15 ‘) and 3 of his 8 between (31′-45′).

Espanyol comes to this unmotivated performance, after a home-made snub, by 0-3, at the reception to Sevilla. The Spaniard Gerard Moreno is the player responsible for putting the adversary’s defenses into meaning, since his highest quality is the finalization. The greatest valence of the visiting team is the counterattack, being that it has fast and strong players in the hand to hand. The visitors’ coach will not be able to count on Morillas, Piatti and Jurado, for being injured.

Insider TIP: Over 3.5 goals – 1.71

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