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Espanyol vs Luzern - Home team backed in the handicap market

Espanyol set for comfortable victory over Swiss side Luzern in Europa League qualifier
Espanyol vs Luzern
Espanyol are backed to make light work of Luzern in Europa League clash (Getty Images)

Espanyol vs Luzern Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

Espanyol should be too strong for Luzern in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League third round qualifier at the RCDE Stadium. Having earned a comfortable victory in the first leg, the Spaniards are backed to secure a similar result on Thursday. I am recommending a -2 handicap bet at odds of 2.10.

RCD Espanyol Form & Team News

Espanyol hold a solid advantage from the first leg having secured a 3-0 victory in Luzern. Facundo Ferreyra continued his impressive form by netting the opener in the first half while Didac Vila and Matias Vargas added further goals after the break.

The Spaniards are having an excellent Europa League campaign this season having won all three matches. David Gallego's men are priced at a minimal 1.12 for a win, but with 10 goals scored and just one conceded in their last three matches, a -2 handicap bet offers more value. 

Facundo Ferreyra is the man in form for Espanyol with five goals in his last three matches. He is expected to start in attack alongside Borja Iglesias, who has found the net three times in as many matches.

Espanyol have scored 3+ goals in their last three matches in the UEFA Europa League (Getty Images)

FC Luzern Form & Team News 

Luzern were no match for the Spaniards in the first leg as they fell 3-0 at home. They followed up that result with another disappointing performance as they were beaten 2-0 by FC Thun in the Swiss Super League on Sunday.

Thomas Harbeli's men have been woeful lately and head to Spain off the back of three straight defeats, conceding six goals and scoring none. Their poor form has them at a massive 21.00 for a famous win on Thursday while a draw is set at odds of 7.50.

Blessing Eleke is the man often tasked with leading the line but the striker has scored just once in his last 10 matches. He is likely to be joined by Shkelqim Demhasaj, who has also struggled for goals in recent matches.

Espanyol vs Luzern Head to Head

Last week’s 3-0 victory for Espanyol was their first ever meeting with Luzern. They were completely dominant in the contest and had more attempts on goal than the Swiss team (13-4).

Espanyol vs Luzern Match Up

Facundo Ferreyra and Borja Iglesias appear to be forming an excellent partnership in attack with both men impressing in recent outings. They have combined for eight goals in their last three appearances and should comfortably get past the Luzern backline. 

The Spaniards have also impressed at the back as well with just one goal conceded in their last three matches. They will be confident of shutting out Blessing Eleke and Shkelqim Demhasaj, who are on lengthy goal droughts for Luzern.

Facundo Ferreyra
Espanyol forward Facundo Ferreyra has been in good form and should play a key role for the hosts (Getty Images)

Espanyol vs Luzern Key Statistics 

  • Espanyol have won their last 3 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Espanyol have scored 3+ goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Europa League).
  • Luzern have lost their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Luzern have failed to score in their last 3 matches (all competitions).


Espanyol have looked imperious in recent matches and have won their last three outings. They should have far too much quality for the struggling Swiss team.

Best Bet: Espanyol -2 Handicap @2.10 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Espanyol Win 4-0 @9.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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