LaLiga retuns this weekend after the international break. On Saturday, October 19, 2019, FC Barcelona will face Eibar away at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. The match will be played at 4.30 pm (IST).
Barcelona scored four past Sevilla in their last LaLiga game but were reduced to nine men late on after two players were sent off in an eventful encounter. Barcelona have returned to form after a shaky start to the LaLiga season that saw them lose two and draw one of their opening five league games. The Blaugrana have now won each of their last four matches in all competitions, and talisman Lionel Messi is fit and firing again.
Eibar, meanwhile, drew 1-1 away against Real Betis, leaving both clubs mired in the bottom half of the table, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Eibar endured a difficult start to the campaign but have come into some form recently, going unbeaten in their last four games and picking up their first two wins of the season. They missed out on the chance to move away from the relegation zone against Betis last time out after having Gonzalo Escalante sent off in stoppage time.
Barcelona’s win-loss record: WWWLW
Eibar’s win-loss record: DWWDL
Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined, while Gerard Pique is suspended due to four yellow cards. Ronald Araujo was sent off against Sevilla, leaving just Clement Lenglet and Jean-Clair Todibo. Ousmane Dembele also received a red card in the 4-0 win. Jordi Alba - on the bench in the last game - is likely to be available to start, allowing Nelson Semedo to return to right-back.
Escalante is suspended for the hosts after being sent off in the 91st minute of the 1-1 draw against Betis.
Eibar possible starting line-up: Marko Dmitrovic, Pablo De Blasis, Paulo Oliveira, Anaitz Arbilla, Bigas, Sergio Alvarez, Papakouli Diop, Edu Exposito, Fabian Orellana, Kike and Takashi Inui
Barcelona possible starting line-up:
Andre Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Todibo, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Frenkie De Jong, Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
Antoine Griezmann will hope to grab a few goals in order to stand a chance of displacing Suarez up front, having managed just three goals himself since arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer. Fans would expect to witness a glimpse of Messi Magic.
Eibar would be counting on Fabian Orellana to trouble Barcelona’s defence, particularly Ter Stegen.
Captains: Lionel Messi, Fabian Orellana.
Vice Captains: Luis Suarez, Marko Dmitrovic.
Goalkeeper: Ter stegen
Defence: Lenglet, Todibo, Paulo Oliveira
Midfield: Arthur, Frenkie De Jong, Fabian Orellana,Takashi Inui
Forward: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Kike
Barcelona will benefit with the fitness of Messi. However, the absence of Pique will render the defence vulnerable.
Note: These are mere predictions and do not guarantee positive results.