Real Madrid vs Eibar
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 6 April 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Read Madrid suffered first defeat since Zinedine Zidane’s return on Wednesday evening when they fell 2-1 to in-form Valencia away at Estadio de Mestalla. The victorious French manager sent his strongest line-up to the pitch after he rested most of his starters in the weekend’s 3-2 victory over rock-bottomed Huesca.
Nevertheless, Madrid were just toothless in the final third throughout most of the contest. They only found a late consolation goal in the stoppage time through top scorer Karim Benzema. Real Madrid left too much space at the opposite end as the Bats could have easily bagged more goals had they been more concentrated up front.
Can Zidane fix those defensive holes and instill the attacking confidence into his players here ahead of the tie against mid-table Eibar on Saturday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu?
Real Madrid vs Eibar: Head-to-head
Real Madrid won seven, drew one and lost one of nine H2H outings against the Gunsmiths.
However, Eibar picked up a demolishing 3-0 victory when these two sides last locked horns in late-November last year at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua.
Los Blancos will no doubts have an extra motivation to get revenge for such a painful loss in the first half of the season.
Madrid won three and drew one of four home clashes with Eibar (11-1 goal difference in the process).
Real Madrid vs Eibar: Prediction
Jose Mendillibar rested his main striker Sergi Enrich on Wednesday evening, but it did not bother the Gunsmiths who managed a second-half comeback to beat relegation strugglers Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at home in mid-week’s round. The visitors sit 10th in the league ladder and they have nowhere to go in remaining eight games of the season.
Pressure-free rivals can always be dangerous, especially if they have a strong firepower in the final third in their ranks. Eibar bagged four goals in last two league outings and we’d not be shocked to see them
on the scoreline against the vulnerable defensive line of Madrid’s here.
You can’t make a mistake backing a high-scoring contest here.
Real Madrid vs Eibar: Bet Tips
Over 3.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 1.5 goals in the first half @ 1.83 (5/6).