Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa
Kick-off: 03:00 PM GMT / 10:00 AM EST
Eibar looked like they could be challenging for a place in the Champions League following a stunning start to the season but 8 defeats in their last 11 matches means that Mendilibar’s men are now very unlikely to earn a place in Europe next season.
Nonetheless, Eibar are currently in 8th position in the table and the campaign so far has to be seen as a huge success for the tiny Spanish club.
Now Eibar welcome Barcelona to the Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa this weekend and earning a good result from the clash will take a herculean effort from the high flying minnows.
Injury Doubts: Antonio Luna Rodriguez, Jimenez Merlo Jaime, Keko, Borja Ekiza, Jota Peleteiro, Lillo (Suspended)
Eibar Probable Lineup: Asier Riesgo, Ramis, Ansotegi, Juncà, A. Pantić, Adrián, Dani García, J. Radošević, G. Escalante, Sergi Enrich, Borja Bastón
Barcelona continued their rampant run of form by claiming a 5-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano in midweek and the result means that the Catalan giants are now unbeaten in a whopping 35 games in all competitions.
It is surely just a matter of time before Barcelona go on to defend their La Liga crown but one can be sure that manager Luis Enrique will not allow his players to take it easy when they square off against Eibar this weekend, in what could prove to be a tricky encounter.
Injury Doubts: Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Neymar (Suspended)
Barcelona Probable Lineup: Bravo; Alba, Pique, Mascherano, Vidal; Roberto, Turan, Iniesta; Munir, Suarez, Messi
Eibar have never beaten Barcelona and given their torrid run of form heading into the weekend’s game, the record is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Barcelona are simply too good in all aspects of the pitch and although Eibar should put up a fight, expect the champions to claim another comprehensive victory on the day.
Eibar 0 – 3 Barcelona