Elche CF vs RCD Espanyol de Barcelona: Analysis & Picks 2/19/2023

Elche CF vs RCD Espanyol de Barcelona: Analysis & Picks 2/19/2023

February 17, 2023



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Elche CF are trying to recover from a tough 0-4 loss against Real Madrid in their latest La Liga matchup. Elche CF managed to handle the ball only 28% of the time including 7 shots on goal with none of them on target.


Elche’s defense has been their weakest point this season, the squad has been scored against in all of their games, conceding a total of 11 goals. Fans will be hoping for their defense to show up against “weaker” opposition such as the likes of Espanyol.


As for Espanyol, they also suffered a defeat in their latest matchup versus Real Sociedad. In that match, Espanyol had 44% possession with 6 shots on target, mainly from the outside of the box, unable to penetrate the white and blue’s defense. It was a close affair ending 3-2 with the deciding factor being an Espanyol own goal from Leandro Cabrera (63′).

Looking at their form, Espanyol have conceded in 5 out of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals. At the back, similar to Elche, Espanyol is suffering.


Let’s check the latest picks, La Liga news, stats and La Liga expert picks for Elche vs Espanyol. We’ve plenty of La Liga predictions for you to consider.


As for team news, John Nwankwo, Pere Milla and Álex Collado won’t be available for Pablo Machín’s starting 11. Espanyol boss Diego Martínez also will experience fitness issues going into this matchup including: Keidi Bare , César Montes, Joselu and Adrià Pedrosa can’t be considered. The toughest loss is definitely Joselu, as he is Espanyol’s main striker option.


When 2 defensively weak sides meet there are only 2 possible outcomes, an absolute even match or a high scoring line. This time around we believe that Elche does not have the offensive power, while Espanyol due to Joselu’s fitness won’t be able to punish Elche as well.

Thus a low scoring draw will be the most likely outcome for this matchup, with a small edge in favor of Espanyol.


Elche CF vs RCD Espanyol de Barcelona Game Information


  • Date: 02/19/2023
  • Time: 08:00 AM ET
  • Location: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero (Elche).
  • How to Watch Elche vs Espanyol: ESPN+
  • Live Stream: fubo.tv


Elche vs Espanyol Betting Lines


Elche is +180 according to our Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $180. On the other side, Espanyol is +165 according to the Vegas La Liga Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $165.

The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Elche at a 35.71% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Espanyol has 37.74% probability of finishing the game with the W.


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