Espanyol enter this Catalan derby having failed to win any of their last eight La Liga (LL) / UEFA Europa League fixtures (D3, L5). The last three defeats in that group saw Espanyol lose the second half precisely by a 1-0 scoreline.
Across all competitions, Espanyol are winless in four home games (D2, L2), despite avoiding defeat in the first half in each of those matches (HT: W2, D2). Intriguingly, they have done just that – by holding Barcelona to a goalless first half – in three of their last four H2H home league clashes.
Undefeated in league derbies throughout the 2010s, Barcelona are appropriately unbeaten in seven league fixtures (W5, D2) ahead of this clash. Of the five wins in that sequence, a 60% majority saw Barcelona score an even number of first-half goals.
Barcelona additionally travel after winning four of their last six LL away games. Significantly, their last two LL away wins saw them gain a net total of five points between half-time and full-time, while six of their last seven open-play league goals away from home have arrived in the second half.
Espanyol defender, Bernardo Espinosa salvaged a draw in his team’s last home outing, while Lionel Messi scored Barcelona’s first and final goals either side of half-time in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Players Not Fit To Play
Espanyol players not fit to play because of injury are; Granero E.(Yellow Card), Vergas M.(Ankle Injury).
Barcelona players not fit to play because of injury, Arthur(Thigh Injury) and Dembele(Thigh Injury).
Referee: Del Carro C. From Spain.
Venue: RCDE stadium (Barcelona).
TV channels/ Live Streaming
Skysport TV, Digi Sport, Canal++, DSTV