?Barcelona host Eibar on Saturday afternoon in La Liga as they look to take top spot before rivals Real Madrid play later that day.
Barça are coming off three consecutive wins in the league, though need to maintain that level of consistency if they are to take the title title race down to the wire.
Eibar are without a win in their last three league games and are just three points outside the relegation zone in 16th.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 22 February|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 (GMT)|
|Where Is it Played?||Camp Nou|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||La Liga TV|
|Referee?||César Soto Grado|
The Catalan side remain without forwards ?Luis Suarez and ?Ousmane Dembele, while Jordi Alba is also a doubt after picking up an injury against Getafe.
Clement Lenglet will return for ?Barça though, after serving a one-game suspension.
For Eibar, Kike Garcia and Ivan Ramis are ruled out. Midfielder Sergio Alvarez is also likely to be absent.
|Barcelona||Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Griezmann, Fati.|
|Eibar||Dmitrovic; Arbilla, Burgos, Bigas, Angel; Diop, Cristoforo; Leon, Exposito, Orellana; Enrih.|
Head to Head Record
Barcelona have played Eibar 11 times and are yet to lose their opponents. They have ten wins against them, drawing just once.
The one draw between the sides came at the end of last season in La Liga, with Lionel Messi bagging a brace.
The last time the teams played against each other was back in October, with Barça emerging as comfortable 3-0 victors thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Messi and Suarez.
Barcelona have had an inconsistent season which led to the sacking of Ernesto Valverde. Although they are unbeaten in three games in the league, they did previously lose to Valencia and were also were knocked out in the Copa del Rey by Athletic Club.
Eibar have failed to win in their last four games and are coming off the back of a loss against Alaves. They were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey too against Badajoz, so will be desperately searching for a result to give them a boost in momentum.
|Barcelona 2-1 Getafe (15/2)||Alaves 2-1 Eibar (7/2)|
|Real Betis 2-3 Barcelona (9/2)||Eibar 1-1 Real Betis (2/2)|
|Athletic Club 1-0 Barcelona (6/2)||Celta Vigo 0-0 Eibar (26/1)|
|Barcelona 2-0 Levante (2/2)||Badajoz 3-1 Eibar (23/1)|
|Barcelona 5-0 Leganes (30/1)||Eibar 2-0 Atletico Madrid (18/1)|
Simply put, Barça should win this game. Even with injuries to some key players, they have more than enough quality to put their opponents to bed.
Eibar are struggling in the league and don’t have the ability to trouble Barcelona, so this should be a relatively straightforward game.
Prediction: Barcelona 4-0 Eibar