The current leader in the Spanish La Liga Barcelona hosts Eibar in a game from the 19th round of
the competition. Let’s take a look at this fixture at the Camp Nou in our soccer tips for today.
How we said, Barca are leading the La Liga standings at this moment. The Catalan giants have 40
points won so far and a record of 12 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. At this moment Los Cules have 5
points advantage in front of the 2nd Atletico Madrid, so they are looking as a top contender for the
gold medals. Of course, this is still an early phase of the season, so a lot of things could change
until May. Nobody wins the title in January, that’s for sure.
Right now Barcelona are enjoying a run of five consecutive wins in La Liga. The last time when
they lost points was during the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano. Since
then, Ernesto Valverde’s team enjoyed five wins over Villarreal, Espanyol, Levante, Celta and
Getafe. There was a moment when Los Cules were having some trouble to perform on a
consistent basis, but now they are looking more solid than ever.
In their last game the Catalans visited Getafe and enjoyed a 2-1 win at the Coliseum Alfonso
Perez. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez gave the visitors a good lead in the result. Jaime Mata scored
once for Jose Bordalas’ team, but his goal in Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s net was not enough for the
home side to win at least a point from this game.
During the week Barcelona had a negative experience against Levante in a match from the 1/8-
finals of the Copa del Rey. The holders of the trophy travelled to Valencia to meet the home side at
the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, but suffered a 1-2 defeat. Barca’s head coach Ernesto Valverde
made a lot of changes for the game, leaving stars like Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Luis
Suarez and Lionel Messi out of the team. Instead of them, players like Jeison Murillo, Chumi,
Miranda, Carles Alena and Malcom recieved a chance to play.
For just 18 minutes of time, Levante scored twice in Jasper Cilessen’s net. It was Erick Cabaco
and Borja Mayoral who put the ball behind the Dutch keeper’s back. At the end of the game Barca
scored a very important goal before the rematch, thanks to a penalty kick executed well by Philippe
Coutinho. This gave the Catalans a pretty good result before the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Against Eibar on Sunday it’s going to be different, of course. Everyone who recieved a rest against
Levante will come back in the team, which will make Valverde’s team much stronger. It’s always
different when you have Alba, Pique, Suarez and Messi in the starting eleven. In our soccer tips for
today we can conclude that we expect to see Barcelona bouncing back after the defeat against
Levante during the week.
Let’s say few words about Eibar as well. The Gunsmiths are currently 13th in the league standings
with 22 points. Their record in La Liga until this moment shows 5 wins, 7 draws and 6 defeats. In
their last five games in the league Eibar suffered one defeat and made four consecutive draws.
In their last game the Gunsmiths made a 0-0 draw against Villarreal at the Estadio Municipal de
Ipurua. Mendilibar’s team had some chances to score, but Sergi Enrich and Charles didn’t have
enough luck in front of the goal.
Who are the most deadly players of Eibar since the beginning of the season? Let’s take a look.
The 34-years old Brazilian striker Charles is doing pretty well so far. The former Celta forward have
scored 6 goals since the beginning of the campaign. Sergi Enrich is also doing pretty well so far,
scoring 4 goals for Eibar. Among the team’s midfielders, the Argentine Gonzalo Escalante is doing
a good job, scoring three times for the club this season.
As for Barcelona, the five time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is the team’s top goalscorer for the
season with 16 goals scored in La Liga so far. Meanwhile Luis Suarez have scored 12 times, while
Ousmane Dembele shined with 7 goals scored since the beginning of the campaign. We can say
that this season is much better for Dembele than the last one. The talented Frenchman had a
tough first campaign at the Camp Nou, but now he’s starting to show his real talents.
Philippe Coutinho’s current situation is a hot topic in Barcelona right now. The Brazilian star is
unhappy, because lately he has been benched by the coach Valverde. In most of the cases, he’s
starting the games in La Liga from the bench. At this moment Valverde prefers other options in
midfield, while in attack he prefers Dembele over Coutinho. This is the reason for some rumours
that Coutinho might leave the club at the end of the season. According to some information, the
club could sell the former Liverpool star in order to secure some money to bring Neymar back to
the Camp Nou.
In our soccer tips for today we can conclude that Barcelona are solid favourites against Eibar at the
Camp Nou. Los Cules are leading the standings in La Liga, being a very strong favourite of winning
the title. At this moment Valverde’s team is in a run of five consecutive wins in the league, which
tells us that they are in a pretty strong shape. During the week Barca suffered a defeat against
Levante in Copa del Rey, but how we said – many of the team’s best players didn’t feature in the
game. As for Eibar, for the Gunsmiths it’s going to be a very tough visit to the Catalan capital. Eibar
have a decent team and their position in the league shows it, but against Barca it’s always very
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