Barcelona set to host the Eibar in another interesting fixtures in the Laliga.
A four-game unbeaten La Liga (LL) run is steadily pulling Barcelona up the table, but you still have to go back to 2003/04 to find the last time they recorded 24 points or less after 14 rounds. Yet despite their poor top-flight campaign so far, Barcelona’s average of 2.0 goals scored per LL match is the division’s joint-best.
That average rises to 2.5 at home, where the hosts have won five of eight LL home games (W5, D2, L1), and are yet to trail at the break (HT: W3, D5). Considering Barcelona’s perfect top-flight home record against Eibar (W6), all of which saw Barça win despite a -1 handicap, it seems likely the Spanish giants will extend their current five-game unbeaten LL streak here against all opponents (W4, D1).
Two consecutive defeats, and four straight LL games winless, has Eibar teetering on the edge of the relegation zone despite a 60% unbeaten rate this LL campaign (W3, D6, L6). Their main downfall has been an attack that’s netted a joint-league low 0.73 goals per match, which has undone the good work of a defence that actually sits in the top seven for average goals conceded (1.0).
However the visitors have performed admirably on the road, and are subsequently unbeaten in 83.33% of the LL away games that they started as an outsider this season (W3, D2, L1). In fact, with Eibar scoring the opening goal in seven of their eight competitive away games this term they could cause an early shock here.
Stat: The starting match favourite has won 50% of Barcelona’s LL matches this season, and just 20% of Eibar’s.