Double derby weekend

03.01.2020

Football fans have a big weekend to look forward to. In La Liga in Spain, RCD Espanyol hosts its big neighbour Barcelona in the derbi barceloní on Saturday at 9 p.m. The following day, we’re treated to the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, who square off in the FA Cup at 5.01 p.m. These games are guaranteed to offer us plenty of spectacle, so prepare your bets by reading up on some key info…

Derbi barceloní: RCD Espanyol – Barcelona (La Liga, Saturday December 4, 9 .p.m.)

While it might not be as high-profile as the other Spanish football derbies, the derbi barceloní is not without its merits as a game that should hold interest to sports bettors. For Espanyol supporters, the derby holds more importance than for Barcelona fans. The more modest Catalan outfit can live several seasons off of Barça’s scalp, but the big Barcelona has historical domination, with 123 wins ins 210 total games played. RCD won only 44 of those – one more than the times that the encounter ended in a draw.

Goal-wise, too, Barça has RCD in a chokehold: 404 versus 223. It should come as no surprise to modern football lovers that Lionel Messi has a huge share in that number. The Argentinian maestro scored 25 times in 33 games since appearing first in the fixture in 2004. He also scored 3 hattricks and assisted in 11 goals. RCD Espanyol just can’t put anything against the offensive and defensive power of Barcelona, so knowing what we know, it makes more sense to look for betting propositions other than 1/X/2.

Statistics

Head to head (85 La Liga encounters at RCDE Stadium):

  • 25 wins for RCD Espanyol
  • 28 draws
  • 32 wins for Barcelona

Recent encounters (national competition):

  • Barcelona – RCD Espanyol: 2-0
  • RCD Espanyol – Barcelona: 1-1
  • Barcelona – RCD Espanyol: 0-0
  • RCD Espanyol – Barcelona: 0-4
  • Barcelona – RCD Espanyol: 2-0

Form guide:

  • RCD Espanyol: loss-loss-draw-win-loss
  • Barcelona: win-win-draw-draw-win

Current season top scorers:

  • RCD Espanyol: Marc Roca Junqué, Sergi Darder Moll, Bernardo José Espinosa Zúñiga (2 each)
  • Barcelona: Lionel Messi (13)

A bet on Barcelona to seal the deal in the second half after drawing the first @4.10 seems great value!

Merseyside derby: Liverpool – Everton (FA Cup, Sunday December 5, 5.01 p.m.)

This is one of the most illustrious derbies in the world, and as such, it’s of course one of the most anticipated ones. This time around, the encounter is on in the English FA Cup, as the Premier League matchday was played last Wednesday and Thursday in its New Year’s tradition. As a cup match has a wholly different dynamic as opposed to a league match the results can be on the unpredictable side. Statistically, Liverpool holds dominance over this fixture, but surprises can’t be ruled out.

Liverpool is increasing its lead at the top of the Premier League tables, and towers no less than 30 points above current number 11 Everton. This just about means that it’s all or nothing in the FA Cup for Everton if it wants to win a prize this year. Everton may be the lesser Merseyside team on paper, but it can actually boast decent stats against the Liverpool powerhouse. In the Merseyside Derby’s case, it can actually make sense to bet on a 1/X/2 format, if you find the right insights. So, let’s take a look!

Statistics

Head to head (85 La Liga encounters at RCDE Stadium):

  • 11 wins for Liverpool
  • 6 draws
  • 7 wins for Everton

Recent encounters (national competition):

  • Liverpool – Everton: 2-1
  • Everton – Liverpool: 0-0
  • Liverpool – Everton: 1-0
  • Everton – Liverpool: 0-0
  • Liverpool – Everton: 5-2

Form guide:

  • Liverpool: win-win-win-win-win
  • Everton: win-win-draw-draw-win

Current season top scorers:

  • Liverpool: Sadio Mané (10)
  • Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8)

Could you see the Merseyside end in another undecided draw? Bet €10 on it and you could win €42!


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