FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar : Match preview
Barcelona will be out to maintain their seemingly unstoppable momentum heading towards the Primera Division title when they play against Eibar on Sunday.
Head coach Luis Enrique tactfully rotated the defense away to the Rayo Vallecano game on Thursday, but his attack again delivered a typically devastating performance as Lionel Messi netted a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over relegation-battling hosts who finished the match with just nine men.
Defender Dani Alves is ready to return at the Ipurua stadium in the FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar clash on Sunday following his suspension, while Jordi Alba should come in once again at left-back having been put to rest.
Forward Neymar, though, will be missing out on the FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar encounter because of his one-match unfortunate ban so Turkey international Arda Turan is anticipated to fill in on the left, having just come off the bench to score his very first Barcelona goal with a late fifth against Rayo Vallecano.
Eibar, meanwhile, have now suffered three upsetting defeats in a row, leaving them in eighth position and off the pace for the significant European places.
Indeed, a 2-0 home victory over Levante on February 14 was their only positive finish out of the past seven matches they had played.
Andres Iniesta feels the Barcelona side must remain focused on the next target in front of them and not yet have dreams of any prizes which may really await, even after the FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar game.
“The team is in fine spirit. We taking things step by step, but they are solid steps,” he said, on Barcelona’s website.
Despite poor recent display of form, midfielder Adrian Gonzalez is convinced enough that Jose Luis Mendilibar’s squad can get things right to ensure a positive end to a campaign, which would ultimately imply retaining top-flight status.
“What we are clear on is that we are just a couple of games away from ensuring our stay,” he said on Eibar’s website.