At the top of Primera Division things couldn’t be clearer, with Barcelona marching to another title and Atletico Madrid on the verge of achieving a Champions League berth. At the opposite end of the tables, Espanyol is trying to avoid relegation and defeating Mallorca at home is one important stepping stone.
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.01
The hosts are probably thrilled with the fact that home pitch advantage has always been huge between these two teams, with both of them winning 66% of the games played in front of their fans. Their recent match at Estadi-Cornella was a narrow margin of victory over Celta Vigo, another counter candidate in the race for avoiding relegation. The hosts might have scored a single goal, but the most important thing is that goalkeeper Francisco Casilla didn’t concede a goal.
He is trying to fill the position left vacant by Alvarez, after the main goalkeeper suffered an injury that would keep him away from the pitch for a couple of weeks. Sanchez and Stuani are also unavailable for this fixture, with the Argentinian striker being the most recent loss. With only two goals scored in 15 games, he could easily be replaced and coach Aguirre will once again trust the dynamic duo of Longo and Garcia. They will have to find the spaces left in the opponents’ defense by Victor, Lopez and Bigas as these three players are either injured or suspended.
The two teams are separated by only one point, and if Espanyol succeeds to beat their rivals at home, they will create a cushion between them and the pack off teams standing on relegation spots. The odds offered by Pinnacle Sports are not terrific but fair, with values of 2.01 accurately reflecting the difference between the two squads.