With the hopes of leading the La Liga still a possibility for the Catalans, Barcelona will be playing host to side Eibar at Camp Nou. The match schedules for 22nd February, with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.
A draw from rivals Los Blancos was enough to close in on the gap for the Catalans with only one point separating the two giants. With each match possibly an inch close to winning the La Liga, Barcelona would not be taking their eyes off the title race.
Coach Quique Setien is settling well in his new role despite the high level of demand for wins from fans. The pressure is evident, especially with the performance of the Catalans in each match. The loss to Athletico Bilbao in the Copa del Rey was the spark to ignite the squad.
The side has only one loss in their past five matches. The squad depth is bound to offset the injury woes at the club at the moment. There are still issues between players and management, but it seems to be under wrap at the moment.
A loss to the Catalans will inch close for Eibar to join the relegation side. Eibar has only one win in their last five La Liga matches. Will Coach Mendilibar pull off a surprising victory against the Catalans?
Barcelona vs. Eibar Head to Head
Both sides have 11 games together with Barcelona picking up all ten wins. Eibar has not seen a win over the Catalans. Here is a look at their past encounters:
Eibar 0-3 Barcelona
Eibar 2-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-0 Eibar
Eibar 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 6-1 Eibar
Barcelona 4-2 Eibar
Eibar 0-4 Barcelona
Eibar 0-4 Barcelona
Barcelona Team News
Skipper Luis Suarez continues on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury. The space left by the Argentinian is proving to be a vital addition to Barcelona. Left-back Jordi Alba recently was a victim of a hamstring injury that rules him out for some time.
Coach Setien recently made a call to training for Sergio Akieme to fill the boots. However, Junior Firpo is the likely contender to fill up the space left.
Eibar Team News
Coach Mendibilar also contends with injury woes hitting his camp. Midfielder Sergio Alvarez is out with a muscle injury while right-back Roberto Correa faces a knee injury. Other long term injuries include a center back Ivan Ramis with a knee injury and Kike with a muscle injury.
Prediction and Odds
Both sides have injury woes, but Barcelona’ssquad depth is likely to pay off for the Spanish giants.
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