Eibar vs Barcelona: Messi back on song for Barca

Eibar vs Barcelona: Messi back on song for Barca

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Odds: Eibar 21/4, Draw 18/5, Barcelona 11/25

Kick Off: 1515, 17/02/2018

Stadium: Ipurua Municipal Stadium

Barcelona have been held to draws in successive LaLiga matches but we fully expect the leaders to return to winning ways in emphatic fashion.

The Catalan giants are yet to taste defeat in the league this season with 18 wins and five draws, while Eibar sit seventh following a four-game unbeaten streak.

Barca may have one eye on next Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie at Chelsea but they will have too much for Eibar and 21/20 for them to win and over 2.5 goals in the game begins our Eibar vs Barcelona betting predictions.

A Look At Eibar’s Betting Odds

After posting just two wins from their first 11 league games, Eibar have embarked on an impressive run of form, losing just once in their last 12 – a 1-0 home loss to second-placed Atletico Madrid.

A last-gasp Ivan Ramis goal secured a 1-0 win at 10-man Leganes last time out and the experienced Spanish defender was also on target in the 5-1 home victory over Sevilla the week before.

But Eibar have lost all seven meetings with Barcelona, scoring just four times and conceding 26. They were thrashed 6-1 at the Nou Camp in September, with Lionel Messi helping himself to four goals.

Six of Eibar’s last eight games have seen the both teams to score market come to fruition but they are yet to find the back of the net in three home games with Barca and that trend will continue, with the visitors 29/20 to win to nil in the Eibar vs Barcelona odds.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barcelona were blanked for the first time in LaLiga since last April when held 0-0 at home by Getafe last weekend, which followed a 1-1 stalemate at Valencia.

Coach Ernesto Valverde admitted tiredness might have been a factor in their draw with Getafe, with the game being his side’s 12th in 39 days since the winter break. He told fcbarcelona.com: “We were lacking some freshness and rhythm, especially in the first half. We can’t win every game we play or be 100 per cent all the time and this is why the coming week without a game comes at a great time for us to recover.”

But Barca have a good record at this venue, scoring 10 unanswered goals in three visits, and with a free week should be back firing on all cylinders.

Messi has banged in 20 goals in 23 league games this season but has been kept of the scoresheet in his last two LaLiga outings and has not scored in four in all competitions. However, he has found the back of the net 12 times in the seven meetings with Eibar and we like 18/1 for him to score first in a 3-0 win for the Catalans in the last of our Eibar vs Barcelona betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

BARCELONA 0-0 Getafe

Leganes 0-1 EIBAR  – Ivan Ramis

Head-to-head: Barcelona 6-1 Eibar, Barcelona 4-2 Eibar, Eibar 0-4 Barcelona, Eibar 0-4 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-1 Eibar, Eibar 0-2 Barcelona

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Best bets for Barcelona vs Eibar

Barcelona to win and over 2.5 goals @ 21/20

Barcelona to win to nil @ 29/20

Lionel Messi to first in 3-0 Barcelona win @ 18/1