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Real Madrid aim to leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the league, as they travel to Eibar this weekend.
08 November 2019
Saturday 9 November
Ipurua Municipal Stadium
Real Madrid aim to leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the league, as they travel to Eibar this weekend. But the trip to the Basque Country is rarely a straightforward one for visiting teams.
Eibar surprised Real Madrid in this fixture last season, beating Los Blancos by three goals to nil. Madrid did manage to take three points at the Bernabeu, although relied on a late goal from Karim Benzema to win 2-1.
Pape Diop is likely to continue in defensive midfield for Eibar, although Ivan Ramis remains a doubt at centre-back. Jose-Luis Mendilibar is otherwise likely to stick with his preferred attacking line-up with Fabian Orellana supporting Kike Garcia and Charles.
Gareth Bale remains side-lined for Real Madrid, both due to fitness and mentality, and with Marco Asensio also out, young-winger Rodrygo is set to start on the left for Zinedine Zidane’s side. Karim Benzema is expected to continue in the place of summer signing Luka Jovic, although James Rodriguez is expected to return following the birth of his child.
Eibar vs. Real Madrid Preview and Predictions
Eibar have been struggling this season, and are unlucky to improve their situation as Real Madrid visit the Ipurua on Saturday.
Mendilibar’s club sit in fourteenth place in the table, two lower than their position last seasons, although have their blushes saved at the moment by La Liga’s bottom three clubs. However, a defeat on Saturday could well see Eibar drop precariously close to the relegation zone.
That being said, a defeat is far from guaranteed on Saturday, as Eibar have won their last two games, including a solid win at eighth-placed Villareal. Real Madrid have struggled with scoring in recent weeks, and have drawn a blank in two of their last three games, with a 5-0 hammering of bottom club Leganes an outlier.
Attacking summer signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic saw their impact at the club postponed due to injuries. Both are working their way back to form, with the two players have only just opened their accounts for Los Blancos.
Zindane’s side will be fatigued having played mid-week against Galatasaray, and have little time to prepare for their trip to Eibar. With Real Madrid tied on points with Barcelona and Real Sociedad, anything other than a win on Saturday would be a failure, and pile further pressure on the manger’s job.
Real Madrid to win to zero at 3.01
Los Blancos may not be in the best form but should have enough in the tank to beat Eibar.
Under 3.5 goals scored at 1.12
Real have had some struggles up front, and may struggle to break through a resilient defence at the Ipurua.