Barcelona head to Ipurua for a dead rubber match against already-relegated Eibar on the final day of the La Liga season. All the visitors have to play for is third place rather than the ignominy of fourth, while the hosts are playing for the difference between bottom and 19th.
Where and when: Ipurua – 23 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Eibar vs. Barcelona: Premier Sports
Last time: Ousmane Dembele cancelled out Kike’s opener for Eibar, but Barcelona couldn’t find a winner in the last 25 minutes as the teams shared a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp just after Christmas.
Eibar v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
In such a tight and cagey title race, Barcelona melted at the business end of the season to leave their Madrid rivals battling it out to become La Liga champions this weekend. Eibar, meanwhile, will be playing their football in the Segunda next season after their relegation was confirmed last weekend.
Los Armeros did make a decent fist of staying up after two wins and a draw in their three games prior to their trip to Valencia on Sunday, but a 4-1 defeat to Los Che consigned Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side to relegation and the end of their seven-year spell in La Liga.
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Eibar have precious little to play for on Sunday, and the same goes for their visitors. Barcelona have failed to win any of their three most recent games, following up a pair of draws against Atletico Madrid and Levante with a 2-1 defeat at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday.
That Barca let a lead slip in losing to Celta at the death only makes their plight all the more painful. Ronald Koeman’s side appeared to have turned a corner after winning the Copa del Rey and enjoying the fruits of La Masia once again, but the late-season implosion is a real concern.
That goes not only for this season’s title race, but also for the future of the club’s greatest ever player, Lionel Messi. The Argentine scored the opener against Vigo last weekend, but this could prove to be the No.10’s final game in a Barcelona shirt.
Either way, the visitors are still the favourites in the betting for this game, priced at 4/9 with William Hill. The home team are 11/2 with the same bookmaker, while you can back the draw at 9/2 in these Eibar v Barcelona predictions.
One to watch for Eibar: Kike opened the scoring when these teams met earlier this season, and after netting 12 goals so far this season – including a hat-trick against Alaves earlier this month – the Spanish forward is 2/1 in the anytime scorer market on Sunday.
One to watch for Barcelona: All eyes will be on Lionel Messi this weekend, and not just how he plays. His every move will be scrutinised and analysed for clues as to his future plans, but one thing that’s for certain in his immediate future is picking up a record eighth Pichichi as La Liga’s top scorer. Messi has plundered 30 goals in 35 appearances so far and is the 5/2 favourite to add to his tally with the opener this weekend.
Long shot: Barcelona are unbeaten in 13 games against Eibar since Los Armeros were promoted to La Liga in 2014. The Blaugrana have won 11 of those matches, scoring 39 goals in the process at an average of 3.5 per game and conceding four. Barca are 19/2 to win this game 3-1 as part of your Eibar v Barcelona tips for the weekend, rising to 38/1 if you add Messi as the first scorer.