Espanyol dominates everyone
After only one year in Segunda, it is clear that Espanyol is returning to the Spanish football elite.
There was no other way with a team that has a market value about 6 times higher than any other opponent at this level.
It only remains to be seen whether they will finish as champions.
Espanyol are class above all others. They are the team with the strongest both attack and defense.
And as a host they have only 2 losses during the season (from the 6th and 7th in the standings).
As in 15 games at home, they scored 40 goals and conceded only 9.
In their last households the results are 3-0, 4-0, 2-1, 4-0, 4-0.
Cartagena fights with teeth and nails
Cartagena are a team that has been wandering between the fourth and third levels of Spanish football for the last 20 years.
But they managed to win promotion for the second division 3 times.
They last did it last season. That is, they are a newly promoted team.
They are expected to be involved in the struggle for survival. And 4 rounds before the end are only 1 point above the relegation.
They have scored 8 points from their last 5 games.
They managed to score a goal in each of their last 3 away games.
Forecast for Espanyol - Cartagena
In a match like this, I can't trust anyone without being aware of the relationship between the two teams.
All kinds of scenarios are possible. But instead of guessing, I decided to bet on something safer.
And that is that the top scorer of Espanyol Raul De Thomas will sign in this match as well.
He did it twice in the previous home of his team.
And he will continue to do so. Because he leads with only one goal in the fight for goal scorer and the league.
Unfortunately, I can't find a market for a goal scorer in this match.
Then my idea is as follows.
I start from a guaranteed one goal for the hosts for the reason I pointed out.
From now on, guests will have to look for a positive result for them as well.
If they win, we go to over 2 goals. If they lose with a goal, we are in this zone again.
If Espanyol try to help their teammate, and without help from Cartagena, we are again over 2 goals.
I play with a big bet this prediction.
Top facts and trends
- Espanyol is in a series of 15 games without a loss: 9-6-0.
- Espanyol is in a series of 5 home victories of the First / Final .
- He has over 2.5 goals in 8 of Espanyol's last 10 games.
- Cartagena have lost only 1 of their last 8 games: 3-4-1.
- Cartagena have won just 1 of their last 11 visits: 1-3-7.
- He has under 2.5 goals in 8 of Cartagena's last 10 games.
- Adrian Embarba has more yellow cards (9) than any other Espanyol player. David Andujar is 10 for Cartagena.