|December 31, 2022||14:00||La Liga||2022/2023||0'|
The Catalan Derby at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Espanyol is sure to be a thrilling match.
Barca is determined to maintain their top spot in the standings and is hoping for their sixth consecutive league win.
However, Robert Lewandowski will be absent from the match due to a ban, but several other players, including Depay, Araujo, Kessie, Kounde, and Sergi Roberto, will be back in contention after missing the previous match against Osasuna before the World Cup break.
In Lewandowski’s absence, Ferran Torres is expected to lead the line for the home team. Espanyol, on the other hand, is coming off a Copa del Rey win over Atletico Paso, but their away record in La Liga has not been strong, so it seems likely that the home team, without Lewandowski, will have an advantage.
Leandro Cabrera will return from suspension for the away team, but Dani Gomez will have to serve a ban for the local derby. Midfielder Keidi Bare is still recovering in the treatment room.
When Espanyol and Barcelona last faced each other in February, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. In the past 35 home clashes against Espanyol, Barcelona has won 29, drawn 3, and lost 3.
Both teams have only scored twice in their last seven head-to-head meetings.
So far this season, Barcelona has yet to concede a goal at Spotify Camp Nou, and Espanyol has been struggling to score in recent exhibition games and in the first part of the season.
Based on this information, it seems likely that Barcelona will easily win this match.
The odds of a home win without conceding a goal are 2.20, and the odds of a 2-0 win for Barcelona are 7.50.