FC Barcelona – Eibar (La Liga)
With hopes of still being crowned champions, FC Barcelona hosts Eibar this Sunday evening at Camp Nou, in order to play the last round of La Liga. With Real Madrid wining over Celta de Vigo on Thursday night, FC Barcelona lost the 1st place and are now 3 points behind them, being dependent of a Real Madrid’s slip up, and a victory here, in order to be crowned champions. Eibar, on their turn, made a great season and will want a top-half finish, but face a great task in order to get a positive result at Camp Nou in the last round of the league.
FC Barcelona are 2nd placed in the league table with 87 points, result of 27 victories, 6 draws and 4 defeats, with 112 goals scored and 35 goals conceded. Barcelona still have hope of a champion coronation, but the chances of that happening are narrow, with the team being dependent of a Real Madrid’s loss at Málaga, and needing to win here against Eibar. Eliminated from the Champions League quarter-finals, the Copa del Rey is the only title that they are only depending on themselves of wining it, with Alavés being their opponents in the final.
At home is, undoubtedly, where they are stronger, wining all the previous 7 home games for the spanish league where they have scored 32 goals and conceded 7 in the process. Barcelona’s offensive power are unquestionable, being the team with more goals scored in the 5 european main leagues and counting with some of the best players in the world. Leo Messi is in great form and is the league top scorer with 35 goals scored, while Luis Suárez is the 2nd top scorer and the player with most assists in the competition, having 28 goals scored and 13 assists executed.
In their last 5 official games, FC Barcelona has a record of 5 victories. This sequence of results started with 2-3 away win against Real Madrid. This result was followed by a 7-1 home victory over Osasuna, a 0-3 away victory against Espanyol, a 4-1 home win over Villarreal, and in their last clash, a 1-4 away win against Las Palmas. Aleix Vidal, Rafinha, Mathieu and Mascherano are all out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Stegen – Roberto, Piqué, Umiti and Alba – Rakitic, Iniesta and Busquets – Messi, Suárez and Neymar.
Eibar, on their turn, are 8th placed with 54 points, as well as 9th Alavés, result of 15 victories, 9 draws and 13 defeats, with 54 goals scored and 47 goals scored. Eibar has made a very satisfying season and spent several rounds of the competition fighting for the 6th spot, but ended up being pushed out from race for 6th place. Lately, the basque club are not showing a good moment, having been defeated in 4 of their last 6 consecutive games, and their away form is not their strong point, although they have won 2 of the previous 5, losing other 2, with 5 goals scored and 5 goals conceded. Eibar are looking for a good finish of the season, but their form have been dropping and a good result at Camp Nou seems difficult, with the basque club showing some defensive fragilities which Barcelona will surely take advantage.
In their last 5 official games, Eibar has a record of 1 victory, 1 draw and 3 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao. This result was followed by a 0-0 away draw against Alavés, a 2-0 home win over Leganés, a 1-0 away defeat against Atlético Madrid, and in their last clash, a 0-1 home defeat against Sporting Gijón. Fran Rico, Antonio Luna and Nano are all out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Riesgo – Capa, Lejeune, Ramis and Juncá – León, García and Inui – Enrich and García.
Barcelona has won all the 5 direct clashes ever played between the two teams.
Liga Espanhola 16/17
Liga BBVA 15/16
Liga BBVA 15/16
Liga BBVA 14/15
Liga BBVA 14/15
In order to do everything they can to be champions, and in case of an unexpected Real Madrid’s defeat, Barcelona are obliged to win this game, having more than enough quality in their squad to get a strong and comfortable win in their last home game of the season.