Messi will be the protagonist of the game due to his absence. The Rosario has permission from the club to enjoy a few extra days of vacation in Argentina and will not play today the game he is going to face at the Camp Nou, starting at 7.15pm, FC Barcelona and Eibar, corresponding to 16. LaLiga Santander matchday.
Barça have done well in the meetings in which Messi has rested (a couple of outings in the Champions League). Koeman’s men are fifth in the standings, with 24 points, 8 less than the leader, Atletico de Madrid. Anything that is not adding 3 by 3 would practically throw away the options to fight for the title. At home, the Blaugranas have yielded 3 draws and 1 defeat in their 8 games played. His balance of goals is 20 in favor and 9 against.
Eibar, meanwhile, is a very uncomfortable team away from home. In fact, he has scored more points away from Ipurúa (11) than in his own state (4). Mendilibar’s style of pressing up and advancing the defense almost to the center of the field will allow us to see a round trip, with many chances to score.
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