Eibar vs Real Madrid
The tie which was supposed to give Zinedine Zidane some atrocious nightmares ended in rather a comfortable 5-3 aggregate win for the 12-time Champions after Madrid’s players produced a master class at the Parc des Princes against PSG.
To some extent, it was a face-saving two-legged tie considering Madrid’s underwhelming show in La Liga this season, and the win now puts them amongst the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich as favorites for the title.
The Champions League will be a big priority for Zidane this season and we are expecting the 1998 world cup hero to continue to rotate his squad to keep his players fresh for the season-defining Champions League matches. But certainly not heavily as last year sometimes momentum can be the difference between teams, and the two-times Champions League winning manager will be targeting to put as many wins under his belt as possible.
Meanwhile, Eibar are enjoying the strongest season in La Liga since they got the back to back promotion from Spanish football’s third tier back in 2014. Having accumulated 39-points in just 27 games, the Basque club is well on course to overhaul their record 54-point tally which they achieved last season.
At home, they are a force to be reckoned with and have won six times in their last nine home games. A tough outing for the Los Blancos?
When: March 10th, 05:30 PM IST
Where: Ipura Municipal Stadium, Eibar
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Eibar – W W L L W D
Real Madrid – W W W L W W
Fabian Orellana will be missing the match through injury, as will Fran Rico and Sergi Enrich.
Takashi Inui is expected to continue on the left wing, with Diop and Garcia operating in the two central midfield positions.
PROBABLE XI: Dmitrovic; Pena, Ramis, Arbilla, Angel; Leon, Diop, Garcia, Inui; Charles, Garcia
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are both available and could be inducted into the playing XI against Eibar.
Gareth Bale was excluded from the starting XI against PSG, and is expected to be on the team sheet for this particular match, taking the place of Lucas Vazquez. While superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema look set to lead the attack for the Los Blancos.
PROBABLE XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo; Bale, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema
Eibar- No La Liga title
Real Madrid- 33 La Liga Titles
Head 2 Head- 7 meetings in official matches
Eibar- 0 wins
Real Madrid- 6 wins
Eibar – Inui, Charles, Garcia
Real Madrid – Ronaldo, Bale, Modric
Some key stats:
- Real Madrid have won six times in their last seven games against Eibar.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored an unbelievable 15 goals in his last 9 appearances for Madrid, a big reason for all the fantasy football lovers to include him in their squad.
- Current Eibar manager Mendilíbar has beaten Real Madrid only once in his managerial career, back in November 2008 when he was Real Valladolid manager, Draw- 3, Lose- 12.
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
We can’t see Eibar producing too many problems for Real Madrid even if they have a very good home record. Also considering that both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have come away from Ipura Municipal Stadium with easy wins, backing Madrid to continue the trend looks a safe bet. A 3-0 or 4-1 win for the visitors.
NOTE: THIS EIB VS RM MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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