Match Time：1/26/2018 04:30 Friday (GMT+8)
Barcelona: A lose in the first leg, but still chances to qualify for next round (Recent form: W W W L W)
Barcelona lost only 3 games from all competitions in this season. 2 of them has been against Real Madrid back in August for the Super Cup of Spain, but since then they lost only 1 match and this was against Espanyol with 0-1 in the first leg. This result is not good, but still their chances to qualify for semifinals are alive. Actually Barcelona played really well in the first leg and dominated on the field with 72% ball possession, also 12 goal chances, but Messi missed a penalty, while the opponent scored a late goal and win the game. After this defeat Barcelona showed that the team is not in crisis and won easily in La Liga with 5-0 over Betis away at home. Here at Nou Camp are with 4 consecutive wins with results like 2-0, 4-0, 3-0 and 5-0. Also their new start Coutinho is close to come in the squad and make a debut as almost recovered from injury.
Espanyol: Huge defeat in the last game, which ended their positive run (Recent form: W W D W L)
Espanyol had a run from 4 consecutive games in all competitions without a lose. Last game from this run was the victory with 1-0 over Barcelona thanks to goal from Melendo 2 minutes before end of the game. But their positive serie has been ended after a huge lose against Sevilla with 0-3 in the previous weekend, which could have a very negative impact over the players before this trips to Nou Camp. The team is not playing well on Barcelona's stadium and lost previous 10 trips here, while in the last 5 loses with results like 1-5, 1-4, 0-5, 1-4 and 0-5.
THE BETTING VERDICT:
After all, Espanyol lost in the previous weekend with 0-3 against Sevilla, also lost with huge results their last trips to Nou Camp, while Barcelona beat Betis with 5-0 in the last weekend and now another huge victory for them is expected.
Barcelona vs Espanyol
Handicap Pick: Barcelona -2.5 AH
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