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Eibar vs Barcelona : The Position Decider || La Liga – Matchday 38

La Liga – Matchday 38

Eibar vs Barcelona – 22nd May

Venue – Municipal de Ipurua

The Position Decider

Barcelona

Barcelona has not been in an incredible form recently as they lost their slim chances of winning the title after suffering a shocking 2-1 home loss to Celta Vigo. Koeman’s side will have to be in their best form in this matchup to secure the third position in the La Liga standings.

Koeman’s men have won 23, lost 7 and drew 7 games out of the 37 matches they have played so far and with 76 points, putting them currently in the third position in the league standings. Barcelona has not won a single game in the last 3 matches they have played in this league, costing them the chances of winning the title.

Barcelona’s possible starting lineup: Messi, Neto, Griezmann, Araujo, Umtiti, Alba, Dembele, Puig, Busquets, Pique, and De Jong

Eibar

Eibar has already been relegated after the 4-1 loss against Valencia in their previous match. Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side will be relegated to Segunda Division after 7 campaigns in this league, his side also has the worst home record this season with picking up just 13 points from 18 matches.

Eibar has just won 2 home games this season and is at the bottom of the table with 30 points as they have won merely 6, drew 12, lost 19 games out of the 37 matches they have played yet.

Eibar’s possible starting lineup: Dmitrovic, Kike, Correa, Arbilla, Cote, Enrich, Gil, Diop, Atienza, Exposito, and Oliveira

Team News

Eibar has all of its players available to play in this match, and it will be on Mendilibar to choose the players to secure a win and shock the football world.

Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet will not be part of the team in their last match this season because of suspension. Neto Moura will replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has recently undergone a knee operation. Frenkie de Jong will be available for this matchup as he has served his one-game suspension. Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto and Philippe Coutinho are ruled out because of their injury for this match.

Head to Head

Barcelona has a wonderful record against Eibar as they have won 11 games out of the 13 matches played between these two teams.

Eibar has not managed to win even once but has drawn twice out of the 13 games they have played against the Catalan Giants.

Prediction and Betting Tips

We think this will be the last game Messi will play for Barcelona and hence we expect a thriller performance from him and his teammates to end the season on a high with a 3-0 win against Eibar. The betting tips indicate that Messi is most likely to score a goal in this game and have the best performance.

Odds

Eibar, the already relegated team, is the clear underdog for obvious reasons with their pre-game betting odds at 6. The odds for the game between these two teams to end in a draw is 5.25. Barcelona is fighting for securing the 3rd position in the standings and are the favourite to win this game with their pre-game betting odds at 1.40.