La Liga champions Barcelona open the ninth round of the current season after the international break as they hit the road to take on Eibar at Ipurua Municipal Stadium.
Barcelona are picking up some momentum following four consecutive wins in all competitions. That run has helped the Catalonia giants to make some ground on the points table. Though, they still trail leaders and eternal rivals Real Madrid by two points.
With the season’s first El Clasico getting postponed due to security concerns in Catalonia, Barca are more than capable of stringing together a winning sequence.
Eibar, though, will be eying a win for themselves and will hope to catch the visitors off guard after a two-week international hiatus.
The main and realistic target for Eibar should be a top-10 finish this season and they lack behind in that regard at the moment.
The La Liga match will be played between Eibar and Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium, in Eibar, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 7,083.
The game will start at 04:30 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 19
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Eibar – D L D W W D
Barcelona – D L W W W W
Midfielder Gonzalo Escalante is ineligible to play in this match due to the suspension. The 26-year-old Spanish was sent off for two yellow card offenses against Real Betis.
While Rober Correal and Ivan Ramis remain injured at the moment.
No more injury concerns for the hosts.
Eibar squad for the home match against Barcelona:
Goalkeeper: Dmitrovic, Yoel
Defenders: Esteban Burgos, R. Bigas, P. Oliveira, Cote, Arbilla, A. Tejero
Midfielders: Sergio, P. Diop. Edu Exposito, Orellana, De Blasis, P. Leon, Inui, Ekhi Bravo
Attackers: Quique Gonzalez, Sergi Enrich, Kike Garcia, Charles L.C.
How Eibar could line-up against Barcelona?
There are not many spots available in José Luis Mendilibar’s playing 11. If the usual suspects are fit and healthy, and available, the chances are that the manager will start them from the off.
Arbilla, Olivera, and Blasis are the first choices at the back, while more than one player fights for the left side of the defense. Both Bigas and Cote are in contention to start the game.
Dio and Alvarez should form the base of the midfield, while Inui, Exposito, and Orellana should start behind Garcia in the attack.
Eibar Probable XI:
Dmitrovic (GK), De Blasis, Olivera, Arbilla, Bigas / Cote, Alvarez, Diop, Exposito, Orellana, Kike, Inui
Barcelona FC Team News:
Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Sevilla before the international break was lively in every sense.
Ousmane Dembele scored the goal and was sent off later in the match, while were sent off in that game, while 20-year-old center-back Ronald Araujo also picked up a red card in the same match.
In addition, Gerard Pique also picked up a yellow card against Sevilla, his 5th booking of the season. Pique and both Dembele and Araujo will be serving the suspension in this match as a result.
Goalkeeper: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau Tenas Urena
Defenders: N. Semedo, Todibo, Arthur, Lenglet, Wague, Jordi Alba, S. Roberto, Umtiti, Junior Firpo
Midfielders: I. Rakitic, Sergio, Arthur, Aleñá, F. De Jong, Vidal
Attackers: Griezmann, Suarez, Messi, Ansu Fati, Perez
Likely changes from the last game:
Alba is fit and is in the squad, so expect him to start at left-back, allowing Semedo to move back to his favorite position on the right side of the defense.
Umtiti may be in the squad, but the Frenchman is clearly struggling with match fitness. Expect Todibo to partner Lenglet in the heart of the defense.
Barcelona Probable XI:
Ter Stegen (GK), Semedo, Todibo, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Vidal, Arthur, Messi, Suarez, Griezmann
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Lionel Messi this season in La Liga:
Luis Suarez this season in La Liga:
Fabian Orellana this season in La Liga;
Frenkie de Jong
BAR vs EIB Dream11 potential winner:
Barcelona are favorites to win the match.