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Barcelona vs. Eibar Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
20 February 2020
Saturday 22 February
Camp Nou – La Liga
Barcelona are currently getting on with only two forwards in their ranks but continue their fight for the title against Eibar this weekend. The RFEF has given Barcelona the green light to bring in another forward during the next weeks, but they will most likely continue with only Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi against Eibar.
In their 11 previous meetings, Eibar have yet to record a win against Barcelona and have only once picked up a point against the Blaugrana. Last season, Eibar held Barca to a 2-2 draw at home, but they lost the reverse fitxture this term by 3-0, thanks to goals by Griezmann, Messi and Luis Suarez.
With both Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez out injured for the foreseeable future, Barcelona have applied to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who has granted them access to an extended transfer market. That means that Barcelona will try to fill the void left by the injured attackers this month but will have to bring in a new player within the next two weeks. Barcelona are also without Jordi Alba, who has picked up a hamstring injury and is expected to be back in March.
Eibar are still waiting for Sergio Alvarez to become available in the midfield, but he is not expected back until after this weekend. Roberto Correa is still out with an ankle injury and Kike struggles with a muscle since the start of the year. Ivan Ramis has been out since before Christmas and the centre-half will still remain sidelined for a while.
Barcelona vs. Eibar Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Barcelona seem desperate to catch up with Real Madrid in La Liga, as they are currently one point behind the league leaders after 24 games. The Blaugrana have won three in a row in the League, after a recent setback against Valencia, but can be boosted by watching Real Madrid drawing last time against Celta Vigo. Los Blancos’ result last weekend might give Barca the belief back, as the Los Blancos couldn’t protect their lead and the title battle is wide open again.
Barcelona will be looking to pick up another win at 1.20 against Los Armeros on Saturday and pile the pressure on their big rivals from Madrid. But all isn’t swell at Camp Nou either, who are working to replace their two injured forwards during a prolonged transfer market on request by the club. Eibar may be backed at 13.25 to win their first game against Barcelona in the Primera Division, whilst a draw stands at 7.00 times your money.
The away side arrive after a difficult period but can take confidence from beating Atletico Madrid at home on January 18. Since that win, they have only scored three goals in four games and was eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Badajoz from Segunda B.
Eibar are currently three points above relegation in Spain and should be an easy meal for Barcelona, who are preparing to fight for both the League and the Champions League in the coming weeks. With their current record against Eibar, it should be another game with more than two goals by the home side and Eibar would have to look elsewhere to get the needed points to steer them towards safety in the Spanish top tier.
Barcelona to win to nil at 2.00
Eibar have only scored six times in 11 games against Barcelona, but four of them have come at the Camp Nou. This term, the away side arrive without a great goalscoring record and their four strikers have scored six times combined, as many as their leading goalscorer and attacking midfielder Fabian Orellana. Marc-André ter Stegen could eye an opportunity to add to his mere six clean sheets against Eibar this weekend.
Barcelona to score Over 3.5 goals at 2.95
Barca are struggling to cope without Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele but could be lifted by their record against Eibar and bag another four goals in front of their home crowd. Having already scored 19 goals in five home games against this weekend’s visitors, it could end in another massacre this time around.