FC Barcelona will be taking on Eibar at home as they look add the pressure on arch rivals Real Madrid who have a point advantage with 53 points on board. The Catalans have registered three wins on the bounce and would prefer to keep that winning momentum going. Eibar on the other end has been struggling to be on the top half of the table as they’re 16th in the league with 24 points.
Date- Saturday, February 22
Kick-Off- 8:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Camp Nou
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Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet are both a booking away from suspension with the El Clasico edging close. Junior Firpo should continue at left-back for FC Barcelona, since Jordi Alba misses out due to injury. Ivan Rakitic should be fitting in at midfield along with Arthur and Arturo Vidal. Barcelona recently acquired Martin Braithwaite from Leganes in what was a controversial signing after the end of the January transfer window.
Jose Luis Mendilibar could opt for the three-man defence. Gonzalo Escalante should feature in the midfield while accompanying Edu Exposito and Pape Diop. Anaitz Arbilla could be picked in place of Alvaro Tejero at right-back, with Pedro Bigas likely to be available at centre-back in spite of a knock.
BAR (Expected Playing 11)- T Stegan; Firpo, Umtiti, Pique, Semedo; F de Jong, Busquets, Rakitic; Griezmann, Messi, Fati
EIB (Expected Playing 11)- Dmitrovic; Arbilla, Burgos, Bigass, Cote; Escalante, Exposito, Diop; Leon, Enrich, Orellana
Lionel Messi has been at his usual best for FC Barcelona. The 32-year-old has 14 goals, 12 assists and a pass accuracy of 82.4% from 19 league appearances.
Fabian Orellana has been pivotal for Eibar in midfield. Orellana has six goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 77.2% from 20 league appearances.
Antoine Griezmann could pack a punch in the forward line for FC Barcelona. The Frenchman has eight goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 80.8% from 23 appearances in the league this season.
Barcelona are the favorites to get the win.
Goalkeeper- M Dmitrovic
Defenders- G Pique, N Semedo, S Umtiti
Midfielders- P Diop, G Escalante, F Orellana, A Fati, I Rakitic
Forwards- A Griezmann (VC), L Messi (C)