Eibar and Barcelona meet at the Municipal Stadium of Ipurúa, in a match for the 38th round of the First Division. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 01-13-2019, Barcelona won at home (3-0). The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 4. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 17-02-2018, in a game for the First Division that ended with the victory of Barcelona by (0-2). L. Suárez (16 ‘) and Jordi Alba (88’) scored the goals of the match for Barcelona. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
After 11 wins, 13 draws and 13 losses, the home team is currently in the 12th position, with 46 points won. In the last match, they lost in an away match against Villarreal by (1-0), after in the previous match they won (1-0) at home, against Real Betis. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 8 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 22 conceded; against 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 27 goals scored and 14 conceded. For the championship, Eibar won 18 points out of 30 possible, after 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 10 matches played at their stadium. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 20 times and only managed 3 comebacks.
Eibar left for this game with a defeat, 1-0, in the displacement of Villarreal, putting a final point to the two successive wins in this competition. Despite this defeat, we note that the locals present a positive performance at home, as they lost only 4 of the 18 matches played. On this day, against Barcelona, coach José Luis Mendilibar must keep his usual 4-3-3, with Cucurella, Pedro León and Enrich being the most offensive team references. On the other hand, forward Charles is the highlight of this formation, with 14 goals scored. For this game the local coach can not count on Ruben Peña, Arbilla and Cardona, all injured.
After 26 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses, the away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 86 points won. In their last match, they won at home against Getafe by (2-0), after in the previous match they lost out in a match against Celta de Vigo, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 22 goals scored and 17 conceded; against 13 wins and 2 draws in their stadium, with 39 goals scored and 8 suffered. For the championship, Barcelona won 21 points out of 30 possible, after 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 games they played as visitors. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 37 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 10 times, but got the comeback in 4.
Barcelona left for this match with a 2-0 victory at the Getafe reception, returning to the victories for the championship after a defeat against Celta de Vigo: the goals of the team were scored by Vidal and Djené (autogol). We emphasize that the Catalans already conquered the title of the Spanish championship. In this game against Eibar, coach Ernesto Valverde must opt for a fairly bold strategy, seeking to take advantage of Eibar’s defensive weaknesses to attack. On an individual level, we highlight the striker Lionel Messi, a player who scored 34 goals in this competition. For this game the coach does not have Coutinho, Dembélé, Luis Suarez and Rafinha, all with physical problems.