espanyol Team News:

David Lopez and Pablo Piatti aren't expected back in action until September due to injury.

stjarnan Team News:

Gudbjargarson is the main injury concern for the visitors ahead of the 1st leg.

espanyol vs stjarnan Head to Head:

The paths of these two sides cross for the very first time on Thursday, and Espanyol are the huge favourites to win.

espanyol vs stjarnan Tip Reason:

Espanyol enjoyed a strong end to last season and continued to pick up positive results in pre-season, so should make light work of Icelandic side Stjarnan in the Europa League qualifiers. The visitors are in the middle of their domestic campaign which could give them a slight edge in terms of match fitness this week but play in a much less competitive league and have a weaker squad than their hosts. Espanyol have played two friendlies since completing the 2018/19 La Liga season in May, beating Peralada 6-0 and Lens 3-1, and are in the midst of a winning streak that stretches back five matches. Stjarnan sit fourth in the Urvalsdeild table after thirteen matches but have only managed to win one of their last four games in all competitions and are certainly not used to playing against teams of Espanyol’s quality. The visitors head into the 1st leg on the back of a 2-2 draw in the league away at KR, where despite taking the lead through Sigurðsson in the first half Stjarnan found themselves 2-1 down heading into the final ten minutes. A stoppage-time strike from Halldórsson saved the visitors blushes and earned Stjarnan a decent point against the title favourites. These two sides have never met before but their form and performances, along with the overall quality of opponent they face week in week out, suggests that Espanyol will win and over 3.5 goals will be scored on Thursday. Stjarnan were beaten 3-2 in the away leg of their last qualifying match by Levadia but went through on the away goals rule. Espanyol have won their last five matches on the run, while Stjarnan have only won one of their last four matches. Over 3.5 goals have been scored in each of Espanyol’s last two and three of Stjarnan’s last six matches, which is why we’re backing the hosts to claim a convincing 5-0 win on Thursday. Ragnarsson is the visitors’ danger man with three goals in the qualifiers already, while Espanyol will look towards the much sort after Iglesias for their goals on Thursday as the striker netted 17 times in La Liga last season. We’re confident that Espanyol will win and over 3.5 goals will be scored on Thursday and have predicted a final scoreline of 5-0. Espanyol have the home advantage, are the form favourites, and possess a more talented squad than their Icelandic guests and should have no trouble beating Stjarnan on Thursday.

Espanyol vs Stjarnan Betting Prediction:

Espanyol 4 0 Stjarnan
Tip: Over 3.5


Recommended BET Stakes : 7/10 units

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