Eibar vs Barcelona
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 17 February 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurua (Eibar).
Barcelona just could not break the deadlock against Getafe who got away with a point keeping the runaway leaders to a goalless draw last weekend at Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s men have thus allowed Atletico Madrid to close the gap between the top two sides in Primera Division to seven points and a potential slip up at Ipurua could rung the alarm bells for the Catalans.
Grabbing the spoils in Eibar has not been an easy task for La Liga teams of late since the Gunsmiths have seriously raised the level of their game recently. Jose Mendilibar’s men will head into this h9gj on confidence after winning six points from last two league matches and the hot run of form has brought them even on the brink of the top six sides in the competition.
Eibar will also rely on the fact that Barcelona have a tough trip to make to London next Wednesday when Blaugrana take on Chelsea for the place in the Champions League quarterfinal. WE don’t expect Valverde to rest either Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez, but Barca’s players will certainly have that game against Premier League holders in mind. Moreover, Blaugrana have had some slip-ups away from home lately as they’ve won only three of last six matches on the road across competitions.
Eibar vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
The head to head stats entirely favour Barcelona who have never had any kind of troubles against the Gunsmiths.
The Catalans have won each of 7 H2H meetings with Eibar (the total goal difference is 26-4).
Barca have bagged at least four goals in each of last four encounters with Eibar (ten in last two).
Eibar vs Barcelona: Prediction
Even though the H2H tradition suggest a demolishing victory for the visitors, we believe Mendilibar’s men have what it takes to build on impressive displays they’ve shown of late and finally avoid a disaster against Catalan giants.
Barca have not been super prolific in the final third recently and we doubt they will net more than two goals past the stern defensive line of Eibar’s here.
Eibar vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Eibar +1.5 handicap @ 1.65
Barcelona Under 2.5 Team Goals @ 1.50