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Barcelona vs Eibar Prediction & Match Preview

Barcelona vs Eibar
Spain – La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:15 UK/ 19:15 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).

Barcelona bizarre and lacklustre season is no surprise following a summer of turmoil at the club.

A 3-0 win over Real Valladolid prior to Christmas, in which Lionel Messi was masterful, meant Barca went up to fifth in the table.

However, the worrying performances against Real Sociedad, Valencia and Levante in December will be a concern - even though the collected seven points from those home games.

Eibar’s evolving style, much like Alaves and Levante this season, hasn’t necessarily been shown in their results but in just under half of their matches this season, they have had both teams score.

Despite this, they have scored the least amount of goals in the division alongside Cadiz with only 11 scored.

Barcelona will fancy their chances of comfortably winning this one but it probably won’t be high-scoring.

Barcelona vs Eibar Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Barcelona Eibar played so far 12 matches.
Barcelona won 11 direct matches. Eibar won 0 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.92 goals per Match.

Barcelona vs Eibar Prediction

Barcelona in actual season average scored 2.22 goals per match. In 12 (92.31%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 11 (84.62%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Eibar average scored 0.90 goals per match in season 2020. In 10 (83.33%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (41.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Barca will again be without the services of Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto through injury, while Jordi Alba's booking against Valladolid means that the Spaniard is suspended.

The Catalan giants will also be without the services of Lionel Messi, who is nursing an ankle problem; the Argentine should be back in training next week but will miss this contest, meaning that there will have to be a reshuffle in the final third of the field.

Ousmane Dembele is an option, having recovered from a hamstring problem, but Philippe Coutinho could ultimately be handed a starting role, with Pedri, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite also featuring in attack.

Koeman could revert to a back four for this game, meaning that Miralem Pjanic could miss out on a spot in the middle of the park despite impressing against Valladolid.

As for Eibar, a lengthy injury list includes Yoshinori Muto, Sergi Enrich, Roberto Correa, Paulo Oliveira, Sergio Cubero and Cote, while Damian Kadzior is unavailable through illness.

Head coach Mendilibar does not have many options for change on Tuesday night, meaning that the bulk of the side that started the defeat to Alaves will again take to the field.

There could be an alteration in the final third, though, with Quique Gonzalez potentially featuring alongside Kike, while Papa Diop could replace Sergio Alvarez in the middle of the park.

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Junior; Busquets, De Jong; Pedri, Coutinho, Griezmann; Braithwaite

Eibar possible starting lineup:
Dmitrovic; Pozo, Burgos, Bigas, Arbilla; Leon, Edu, Diop, Gil; Kike, Quique