Eibar have never managed to beat Barcelona in 10 meetings, but they stand a shot at ending that drought when they welcome a Blaugrana team riddled with absences to Ipurua on Saturday.
The Basque hosts drew 2-2 at home to Barça in May—their first-ever point against the 26-time LaLiga champions—and will be hopeful of improving again to clinch a maiden victory in this fixture.
How to watch:
When: Saturday, October 19
Where: Ipurua Municipal Stadium, Eibar, Spain
Time: 7 a.m. ET
TV: beIN SPORTS
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Both teams return to LaLiga following the international break in upbeat form. Ernesto Valverde’s men have won their last four successive games, which included a tough 2-0 win at Getafe that ended a run of four away games without a win.
Eibar—who were first promoted to LaLiga in 2014—are undefeated in four matches, winning their last two at Ipurua and clinching draws in each of their last two away games (0-0 at Levante and 1-1 at Real Betis). Coach Jose Luis Mendilibar kept his available players on their toes with a friendly against Toulouse during the international break, which they lost 2-0 in Pau, France.
Barça’s last result—a 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla—was satisfying in ways but crippling in others. Two late red cards for winger Ousmane Dembélé and defender Ronald Araújo mean they’re suspended, while Gerard Piqué earned his fifth yellow card of the campaign and is banned as a result.
Centre-back Samuel Umtiti and left-back Junior Firpo also remain injured, though Valverde is boosted by the fact that Clément Lenglet is back from suspension.
Second-place Barcelona can temporarily climb back to the top of LaLiga if they win Saturday’s early kick-off, though Real Madrid can reclaim the throne when they travel to Mallorca later in the day.
Eibar still sit 14th in the standings but have taken eight of their nine points this term over their last four games, which makes them one of the top form teams in LaLiga.
Barca will be particularly wary of Chilean midfielder Fabian Orellana after he scored crucial goals in each of their last three games (two penalties). Midfielder Gonzalo Escalante was sent off during the draw at Betis before the international break and will be suspended.