ESPANYOL VS EIBAR PREVIEW & PREDICTION
There is no clear favorite this time, as the two teams are even and can be neutralized throughout the ninety minutes of play. Remember that the “parakeets” are complicated in their stadium, beyond being unreliable in terms of results. For this reason and knowing that the Basques are intense in their proposal, we believe that a draw is the best option to bet.
The “parakeets” lost 1-0 against Getafe as visitors, staying with 36 units in total and adding 4 matches without winning in the competition (1 draw and 3 losses). They are 10 of the descent, having to add a couple of wins to avoid complicating this issue. It is still a complicated eleven to overcome, but it is difficult for him to write down and translate his philosophy of good standing.
As a local, Espanyol has reaped diverse results, costing him a lot to be effective despite his dapper style (7 wins, 5 parities and 4 defeats, scoring 15 goals and conceding 13 against). Their last home games were the following: Draw 1-1 with Barcelona, 1-1 equality against Villarreal, 1-0 win against Real Madrid, 2-1 win against Real Sociedad and 0-0 parity against Alavés.
The Basque side does not go well to this duel after losing 0-1 with Alavés at home and remaining with 40 points in the general standings. The team has not won for several weeks, reaching 1 draw and 4 losses in their last presentations (2 consecutive). Thanks to this bad run, the boys of Mendilibar have lost the chances of qualifying for the next Europa League.
Outside Ipurúa, Eibar has had problems to be solid in defense, showing it by scoring 11 goals and giving 28 in their goal (4 wins, 3 draws and 8 falls). He has added 4 starts without winning after losing 2-0 with Celta, equalizing 1-1 against Deportivo, falling 2-1 against Levante and stumbling 2-0 with Betis.
The last time they played both teams was in the first round and the result ended up being favorable for Eibar 3-1 in Ipurúa (December 2017). In the field of Espanyol, there have been matches with goals in their last clashes (triumph 1-2 of Eibar in January 2015, victory 4-2 of Espanyol in May 2016 and parity 3-3 in October of that same year)
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.58