Luis Enrique’s side have done their job in the past months as they have just kept winning games and pilling the pressure on Real Madrid but should they not win the league this season, the defeats against Málaga and Deportivo in particular will be the ones that will hurt the most. Eibar are coming to spoil the party as they would want to recover from their shock defeat last week.
LAST TIME OUT
Las Palmas 1-4 Barcelona
Barcelona were at their fantastic best last weekend as they were ruthless in front of goal. Following a tough start to the game, they produced a typically wonderful team move and it was Neymar who finished it off with a tap in. Suárez found himself on the scoresheet just before the interval to give the visitors some breathing space. Barcelona eased off in the second half and they were punished as Las Palmas got a goal back but it seemed to anger the Catalan giants and Neymar went on to score two more to seal his first hat-trick with the club on the road.
Eibar 0-1 Sporting Gijón
Sporting were the side who were in desperate need of a result and it showed in Eibar’s performance. Adrian Gonzalez was very unlucky to see his header rebound off the crossbar and right into the goalkeeper’s hands in the first half. After the interval, Eibar were denied by the woodwork once again but this time, it was midfielder Rivera who struck the post with a rasping drive from long range. It was really Eibar’s last chance in the match as Sporting went on to win but ultimately lost the war as they were relegated.
Piqué still remains a slight doubt as he’s only recovered from an injury but he is likely to feature as Barcelona are praying for a mircale.
With no suspension or injury problems, Eibar are likely to go with the same starting XI that were beaten against Sporting.
Can Pedro León help his former side?
When you mention the name Pedro León in Spain, what immediately comes to mind is the way Jose Mourinho handled the youngster during his time at Real Madrid where the Portuguese manager wasn’t too fond of the striker and eventually let him leave the club. The Madrid faithful were upset to see him leave as they could see his potential but he could ultimately have a huge hand in helping his former clinch the title on Sunday with a goal. The script is there for Pedro León to become a Real Madrid hero.
Not a new situation for Barcelona
Many people, including myself, believe that there is realistically no chance of a Real Madrid slip up in Andalusia but stranger things have happened in the past on the last day of the season when it comes to the title race between Real Madrid and Barcelona. During the era when Johan Cruyff was at the helm of the Catalan club, there were two separate occasions when Real Madrid looked odds on to win the title but they failed to get the right result at Tenerife and Barcelona went on to snatch the league title away from their bitter rivals. Miracles can happen!
Neymar on fire
Last week in the Las Palmas-Barcelona preview, I questioned whether Neymar would be in the right frame of mind following the stories that he had fallen out with the assistant manager at the club. The Brazilian proved his worth against Las Palmas as he put on a brilliant display and he scored a class hat-trick, with the third goal a simply wonderful finish. Neymar has been in sensational form in the past couple of weeks and he is definitely the one to watch in this match.
PREDICTION: Barcelona 3-0 Eibar
I’m predicting a very easy and comfortable victory for the home side in this game on the weekend. I honestly fear for Eibar if Barcelona get an early goal but the Catalans will not only be trying to win their third consecutive league title, they will also see this as an opportunity to warm up for the upcoming Copa del Rey final next weekend.
Barcelona’s fate is out of their hands, but can they do all they can to capture the La Liga title with a win against Eibar? Give us your prediction in the comments section below.