Barcelona host Eibar at the Camp Nou on Sunday, kicking off at 6:30pm local time. The Catalans will want to maintain, and possible extend their lead at the top of La Liga, as they face a side who they have never dropped any points to in their history.

Home Team: Barcelona

The winter break didn’t have any negative effect on Barcelona, as they looked impressive in their recent victory at Getafe. In the first 40 minutes, Barcelona crafted many chances with slick intricate play, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scoring two fantastic finishes. Getafe managed to get a goal back, and fought hard in the second half, but Barcelona held on to win, and took their lead at the top to 5 points. That was Barcelona’s 5th consecutive win, and fourth game in a row where Lionel Messi was on the score sheet. Barcelona will be wary of being over complacent in this fixture, as the majority of the points they have dropped this season have been to lesser sides, and at home.

Away Team: Eibar

Eibar’s highlight of their season was beating Real Madrid at the end of November for the first time in their history, in a 3-0 thrashing. However, the club have yet to win a game since. Eibar are becoming the ‘king of draws’, as they drawn their last 5 matches in all competitions, and have not won in 6. Eibar, a team located in the north of Spain, are sitting in 13th place in the table, 6 points above the teams in the relegation zone. Eibar were promoted to Spain’s top flight for the 2014/2015 season, and have yet to be relegated, with their highest position being 9th, which was last season. Eibar will be concerned about their away form, as they have only won once on the road from 9 away games, and have the joint lowest scoring total – just 5 goals.

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Head to Head

Barcelona and Eibar have faced each other 8 times in their history, all coming in the last four seasons since Eibar have been promoted to the top flight. Barcelona currently have a 100% record against Eibar, and most games have been very one-sided. On aggregate, Barcelona have scored 28 goals in those 8 matches, whereas Eibar have only managed to score 4 goals. In last season’s fixtures, Barcelona won the game at the Nou Camp winning 6-1, as Lionel Messi scored four goals. In the reverse fixture, Barcelona won 2-0 which was a much closer affair. Eibar had a terrible record against Real Madrid but did beat them a few months ago, so can they finally get points of the champions?

Predictions and Betting Tips

bet now betting on footballBarcelona are overwhelming favourites at 8/1 to get the victory here, with Eibar at 14/1. They will make history just drawing the match, which is at an unlikely 7/1, despite Eibar drawing their last 5 matches. My prediction is that Barcelona will win, and the score line will be 4-1, which is at 11/1. The last time Barcelona played a side that was 13th in the league at home, they unbelievably lost 4-3 (to Real Betis), and the odds of Eibar repeating that victory is at a staggering 250/1. However, Barcelona is an almost guarantee, but to earn more, consider the following tips.

I would suggest backing Barcelona to win both halves (8/11), to score 4+ goals (11/10), or to win with a -3 handicap at 15/8. Barcelona may also be slow out the traps, so you can back Eibar to get the first goal, and for Barcelona to come from behind and win, which is priced at 15/2.

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