Here are the important predictions in La Liga. Barcelona will look to finish strong in the 2020/21 La Liga season. When they face SD Eibar at the Ipurua on Saturday.
The 2020/21 La Liga season is ready to come to a thrilling conclusion as the two Madrid teams compete for the title. Barcelona, to their dismay, is no longer in the title chase and will play a dead rubber against SD Eibar at the Ipurua on Saturday evening.
SD Eibar has had a terrible 2020/21 La Liga season, which will end with relegation for the Basque club despite a late flurry that has seen them lose only once in their past four games. Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team has the worst home record in the league to make matters worse, with only 13 points from 18 games and only two victories.
On the other hand, Barcelona has had a sluggish start to the season and is concluding on a similar note. The Blaugrana were by far the strongest team in La Liga, right in the heart of those forgettable stretches, and this run helped them cut the gap on Atletico Madrid significantly. On the other hand, the Catalans have made mincemeat of some winnable games, winning all three points in only one of their previous five games.
Barcelona came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Eibar in the rematch. Which took place at Camp Nou in December. The Barcelona Agency looks at the match ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides.
Team News & Tactics
Jose Luis Mendilibar has no pressing injury worries that are preventing him from preparing for Barcelona’s visit. The Eibar manager will have a complete team at his disposal on Saturday.
For Eibar, Marko Dmitrovic is an obvious choice in goal, with the team likely to line up in a 4-4-2 shape against Barcelona. The hosts’ central defensive partnership will be Paulo Oliveira and Anaitz Arbilla, with Rober and Jose Angel as the full-backs. He will primarily stay pinned back but will seek to put in a few deliveries from the flanks. When given the opportunity. Here are the important predictions in La Liga.
A flat bank of four will comprise Eibar’s second line of the press, with Miguel Atienza and Edu Exposito bolstering the defensive side of things. Recio and Bryan Gil, linked with a move to Barcelona will be the wide men. With the pair providing the creative spark higher up.
Finally, Kike Garcia and Sergi Enrich will constitute the attacking partnership, with the pair generally remaining central and aiming to play off the shoulders of the Barcelona defenders.
Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Dmitrovic; Rober, Oliveira, Arbilla, Angel; Recio, Atienza, Exposito, Gil; Kike, Enrich
Unlike his Eibar counterpart, Ronald Koeman has a lot of new personnel difficulties to cope with ahead of the trip to the Ipurua. On Saturday, Barcelona’s manager will be missing as many as five first-team players. With a few additional squad members getting some rest.
After being sent off against Celta Vigo last time out, Clement Lenglet will serve a one-match suspension. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out for the season after suffering a knee injury and needing surgery to correct the problem. Sergi Roberto (knock), Ansu Fati (knee), and Philippe Coutinho (knee) are among the players who have left out.
Furthermore, Lionel Messi has not trained with the club ahead of the game this weekend, and Koeman has given the Barcelona captain and Pedri a rest, with the duo left out of the traveling squad. As a result, when Barcelona plays Eibar on Saturday, expect a lot of changes. Here are the important predictions in La Liga.
With the side line up in their usual 3-5-2 formation, Neto is a sure starter in goal for Barcelona in what may be his farewell game for the club. Samuel Umtiti expected to step in for Lenglet, with Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo keeping their place after poor performances last time out.
Sergio Busquets, who has connected with a summer leave, could be given a rest upfront. Allowing Miralem Pjanic, who has a summer leave, to start at the base of the three-man unit. Riqui Puig may also make a rare start, with Frenkie de Jong remaining the only regular.
Sergino Dest expects to return at right wing-back, while Junior Firpo expects to start on the left flank. Finally, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele should form the attacking partnership. With Francisco Trincao and Martin Braithwaite expected to come on later in the game.
Probable Lineup (3-5-2): Neto; Araujo, Pique, Umtiti; Dest, de Jong, Pjanic, Puig, Firpo; Griezmann, Dembele
- Eibar has played more games against Barcelona without winning than any other team in La Liga (P13 D2 L11). Furthermore, they have conceded 42 goals in the competition against the Catalan giants, more than any other team.
- In each of their 13 La Liga encounters with Eibar, Barcelona has scored at least once. Furthermore, they have scored two or more goals in 12 of their 13 matches. Except for the most recent encounter – a 1-1 draw in December.
- Barcelona has gone undefeated in their last six visits to the Ipurua (W5 D1). Keeping a clean sheet in five of them and failing to win on the one occasion when they have allowed a goal.
- Eibar has only lost one of their past four La Liga games (W2 D1), but that defeat secured their relegation.
- Barcelona has lost seven games in La Liga this season (W23 D7). Their lowest tally in a single league campaign since 2007/08. (W19 D10 L9).
Player to Watch
Ousmane Dembele’s campaign in 2020/21 has been a roller-coaster ride, with a brief burst of success followed by a string of disappointments. The French forward’s season is coming to a close after losing his starting spot and being forced to play as a wing-back in the final few games.
However, now that Lionel Messi has granted permission to rest for the final game of the season. Dembele has the opportunity to demonstrate that he still has a lot to contribute. With the arrival of at least two great attacking players in Sergio Aguero and Memphis Depay in the summer transfer window. Dembele runs out of time to make an impression. For him, now or never is the only option.
SD Eibar 1-2 Barcelona
This game may be too close to call. Eibar has been relegated from La Liga and will be looking to end their season on a good note. Barcelona, who will heavily rotate on Saturday, will have the opportunity to spring a surprise and win for the first time in the league.
Though, the Catalan giants may have enough quality to overcome Eibar by the odd goal, with both Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann having a point or two to prove. In light of this, The Barcelona Agency predicts a 2-1 victory for Ronald Koeman and his team in what may be the Dutch manager’s final game in charge of Barcelona. Here are the important predictions in La Liga.