Barcelona welcome Eibar to the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening, in what has been a far from pleasant fixture for the away team over the years. Los Armeros have never beaten Barca in 12 attempts, since they were promoted to La Liga for the first time ever in 2014.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 29 December, kick-off 18:15
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Eibar: Premier Sports
Last time: Lionel Messi helped himself to four goals as Barcelona thrashed Eibar 5-0 at the Nou Camp in February.
Barcelona v Eibar Predictions and Preview
The world is a very different place to when these teams last met towards the end of February, while the landscape at Barcelona is very different too. With a monumental set of presidential elections on the horizon, all Ronald Koeman and his players can do is concentrate on taking each game as it comes.
The next one is certainly a favourable fixture for Barca, with the Catalan giants tasting victory on 11 of the 12 occasions these teams have previously met. It may well be a season like no other, and Barcelona may be far from their pinnacle of yesteryear, but this current vintage ought to have more than enough to overpower the Gunsmiths in this contest.
Plenty of shots have often been fired in this fixture, yet not by Los Armeros. Barca have scored an astonishing 41 goals in their 12 games against Eibar, with 24 of those coming in six matches at the Nou Camp. With three clean sheets for the Blaugrana in that run, a home win to nil looks a strong bet at 11/10 in your Barcelona v Eibar predictions.
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Barcelona to win to nil
Barcelona to win 4-0
Barcelona to score 4+ goals
The outright market doesn’t hold great value for a Barca win, with the Catalans best priced at 3/11. Eibar are out at 27/2, while the draw is 2/9 with William Hill. Given their history in this fixture, the away team may be happy to simply head back to the Basque Country having not taken a hiding.
Morale had improved among Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side over recent weeks, when the Azulgranas went five games unbeaten prior to their 3-1 defeat against champions Real Madrid last time out. Four of those games ended in draws, showing Eibar have toughened up following a run of three losses and no wins in their first four La Liga fixtures.
Even with significant improvement, it’s tough to see the visitors getting a result here. The gulf in class was evident against Madrid, and even though Barca have suffered shock defeats against the likes of Cadiz and Getafe this season, the Catalans look like they’re starting to turn a corner under Koeman. It’s about time too.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored his 644th Barcelona goal in his team’s 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Tuesday. That saw the Argentine eclipse Pele’s long-standing record of goals for a single club, and Messi will be keen to extend his advantage here.
One to watch for Eibar: Kike Garcia scored his team’s goal against Real Madrid last time out, his fourth goal in 13 appearances so far this term. The Spanish forward could be worth a look if you think Los Ameros can upset the odds to take the lead in this Barcelona v Eibar preview.
Long shot: Barcelona have averaged exactly four goals per game in their six home matches against Eibar in La Liga. The Blaugrana have scored four times or more on five occasions already this season in all competitions, with a 4-0 home win here priced at 21/2. If you want to stretch out those odds even further, try adding Messi as the first scorer.