With the winter break in the rearview mirror, LaLiga action resumes this weekend and bottom face top as local rivals Espanyol and Barcelona collide in the latest edition of the Derbi Barceloni.
Here is our preview and best picks!
Match preview 📰
- Prior to the winter break, Ernesto Valverde's side enjoyed an emphatic 4-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves with Barca's prolific front three all getting their names on the scoresheet.
- Despite sitting top of the table with 39 points from 18 games, Barcelona's three defeats so far this season have all come on the road, so they will be hoping to start the New Year with a vital away win.
- Espanyol, on the other hand, has endured a dismal season thus far as Los Blanquiazules sit rock bottom of the league with a meager ten points from their opening 18 games.
- Without a league win since a 1-0 victory over Levante in October, Espanyol will be praying for a miracle when they take on the reigning champions on Saturday as new head coach Abelardo Fernandez takes charge of his first game.
Espanyol: Diego Lopez, David Lopez, Espinosa, Calero, Roca, Gomez, Darder, Lozano, Vila, Campuzano Bonilla, Calleri.
Barcelona: Neto, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Vidal, Busquets, De Jong, Messi, Suarez, Griezmann.
💰 Futaa best bets
Back BTTS yes priced at 1.74
Back over 3.5 goals priced at 2.50
Back a 1-3 scoreline at fulltime priced at 8.25
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