Sunday, 22 January 2017

Eibar - Barcelona

PICK: Barcelona AH -1,5 @1,884 PINNACLE 5/10

Match between 9th placed Eibar and 3rd placed Barcelona will be played on Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa in Eibar and it will start at 20:45.

Eibar is coming to match after loosing first leg of Copa del Rey against Atletico Madrid with 3-0 which means that they're actually without chances so Copa is over for them. Well, at least in my opinion. They are team who can surprise, but I don't see them doing that this time. They won their last league match in Gijon, but lost their last home match against Atletico Madrid. They have 5 players injured, including key defender Ramis.

There is better atmosphere in Barcelona as they won last three matches - even if two of them were in Copa del Rey, it meant a lot to Catalans to finally break Sociedad on Anoeta. Enrique said that Vidal proved him wrong, and we can expect Aleix in first eleven this time (I hope). With Umtiti and Pique Barcelona has really good defensive pair but problem is recent form of Alba, who made too many mistakes this season. Anyway, Sevilla is still here between them and Real Madrid, fortunatelly for Catalans, Andalusians beated Real Madrid otherwise the gap with them would be even bigger and there is no more space for mistakes for Barcelona. Iniesta, Mascherano and Rafinha are out, but they have more than enough of quality in squad that they are able to replace every player. 

Eibar is not affraid to attack, and that's the reason why I am convinced that Barcelona will take it with more than goal difference. They will come higher, they will try, and Barcelona will score from counter-attack. It's time that Suarez shows again why is he one of the best 9 in the world. There is really too big quality difference. Both teams had match in Copa, one team lost with 3 goals difference, the other one won and break the curse on Anoeta. Even if every small team is extra motivated against Barcelona, Eibar is not anymore among those small teams, as they are solid mid-table team. They are aware of their qualities, which is why they will try to play, but they will suffer because of that at the end.

FT: 0-4

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