RCD Espanyol - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC betting tip & odds comparison 27.02.2020
Gameweek 2 in the Europa League will see the clash between Espanyol Barcelona and Wolverhampton Wanderers at RCDE Stadium. Kick-off time is at 6:55 PM on Feb 27, 2020. In our preview of Espanyol Barcelona vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers we will provide you with all the important facts and stats for this Europa League fixture. Let’s start by having a look at the current form of the two teams involved.
Espanyol coach Aberlado Fernandez has made it categorically clear that his priority for the remainder of the season is the fight to avoid relegation from La Liga. To this end, he made nine changes to the team that travelled to England last week and the Parakeets paid a very heavy price for it when they lost 4-0 to a very clinical Wolves team.
Prior to that, they had a relatively good campaign in the Europa. In contrast, the La Liga campaign has been anything but good. They have won only four La Liga matches all season, and are rooted at the rock bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety. Fernandez next league assignment is a tough visit of Atletico Madrid this Sunday and he will no doubt have one eye on this fixture even as he prepares for tonight’s return leg against Wolves.
Although this tie appears to be done and dusted, playing in front of their home fans, Espanyol will be motivated by the desire to spare them of the agony of another embarrassing defeat and at the very least give them something to cheer about in a season that they would love to quickly forget.
To stand any chance of qualification, they will need to win the game by five clear goals within the normal 90-minute regulation time. Alternatively, if the match Wolves’ 4-0 scoreline, that will take the match into extra time and should there be no further goals, they will have to face the prospects of heart stopping penalty shootout. These scenarios while plausible, are certainly a tall order and a bit of an ask for a team that has scored a paltry 11 goals at home all season.
The coach is likely to largely retain the lineup that played at Molineux. With David Lopez is suspended at the weekend, the defensive-minded player could possibly be deployed to start at the back for this encounter.
Wolves did all the hard work in the first leg of this tie when Diogo Jota’s scored a terrific hattrick to secure a comfortable 4-0 win at Molineux. With that massive win, they all but assured themselves passage to the round of 16 as they simply need to come out of Barcelona with a draw or at worst a narrow defeat.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had a good season on all counts. They have been quite solid in the Premier League and have had a good run in Europe as well. They are coming into this game in high spirits not only because of the big win in the first leg, but also having followed that up with a 3-0 win over Norwich at the weekend in the Premier League. They are now unbeaten in three straight league games and occupy the 8th position on the log with European slots within a striking distance. They are just a point off of 6th place Tottenham and only five points adrift of 4th place Chelsea in what is turning out to be one of the most fascinating battles for European place finishes in the Premier League in recent years.
With a tricky trip to Tottenham coming up this Sunday, Nuno may opt to give a rest to some of his key players and approach the game relatively conservatively as opposed to the all-out attacking formation he deployed in the first leg. After making his return from a hamstring injury against Norwich, Ruben Vinagre could feature at left wing-back for Wolves, handing a rest to Matt Doherty.
Max Kilman is likely to take the place of Willy Boly or Romain Saiss in defence, while Joao Moutinho may be granted a much deserved break from midfield duties. Nuno is also likely rest either or both Jota and Raul Jimenez, and therefore Podence, Pedro Neto and Campana may be given the nod to lead the lines.
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With Wolves virtually through and Espanyol essentially playing for pride, both sides will approach the game erring on the side of caution. Wolves wouldn’t want to carry any suspensions or injuries into the next round while Espanyol need healthy bodies to brace themselves for the fight for survival in la Liga.
Having seen how lethal Wolves forwards can be when given opportunities, Espanyol will try to keep things tight especially at the back so as not too afford the same looks they gave last time. Wolves meanwhile will be happy to keep possession and burn some clock to limit any possibilities of a miraculous comeback.
This makes for what is likely to be a dour and low-key affair. Our betting tip for this game is light of this is Goal Under 2.5 @ 1.62. You can cash in on these betting tips and other fantastic betting options by placing a bet with bookmaker Betway. You can get up to 50% Betway bonus on your first deposit if you are a new customer.