Barcelona v Eibar – Camp Nou at 19:00 live at Sky Sports
Real Madrid are on the brink of winning La Liga after defeating Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday. The match was Los Blancos’ game in hand they held over reigning champions Barcelona and means the capital club now just need a point from their trip to Malaga on Sunday to claim the trophy.
Barcelona know a defeat will leave the door open and the Catalan club are fully expected to complete their part of the bargain when they welcome Eibar to the Camp Nou in head coach Luis Enrique’s last game in charge.
Barcelona’s home form
The Blaugrana have churned out 11 successive victories at home in La Liga since Sergio Ramos scored an injury-time equaliser in the Clasico back in December. That late leveller has proven the difference between the two teams in the league standings but nobody can fault Barca’s response since.
A straightforward win here is fully expected as the Catalans hope and pray Malaga can topple Madrid in the Costa del Sol. Barcelona have won seven of their last eight when hosting top-half teams that aren’t Real Madrid and the home side have also scored at least three goals in each of their past seven here.
Eibar falling off the pace
Visitors Eibar have drifted off the pace somewhat but have still had a really good season in general. They have fell short in what appeared at one time to be a genuine chance of European football. That would have been some achievement from the tiny Basque club but it wasn’t to be.
The visitors have scored just once in their last six games, four of which have ended in defeat. And the minnows have also been out-classed in their previous five fixtures against Barcelona, losing their last two encounters with the Catalans 4-0 and managing a sole goal in five recent head-to-heads.
Eibar will be without Fran Rico, Takashi Inui, Antonio Luna and Nano through injury for this tie and I’d fancy the Blaugrana to sign-off what’s been a turbulent season in style despite what happens in Malaga.
The betting angle
Neymar was sensational in last weekend’s 4-1 victory in Las Palmas and for the most part under Luis Enrique, Barcelona have been superb at the Camp Nou on league duty. Under Luis Enrique, the Blaugrana have won 46/46 (86%) home league games, 31 (55%) of which were achieved by at least three goals.
With that in mind, backing Barcelona with a -2.75 start on the Asian Handicap line at 1.80 makes plenty of appeal on Sunday night. Three of Eibar’s five trips to Barcelona or Real Madrid have seen this selection pay-out and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Catalans rack up a comfortable success here.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Barcelona -2.75 Asian Handicap at 1.80
Prices correct at time of writing.