Estadio Municipal de Ipurua will play host as Eibar welcomes reigning champions Real Madrid for the twentieth round of fixtures of Liga Santander 2017-18. The match is set to kick-off at noon on March 18.
Eibar are punching above their weights this season in which they currently have their hands on the eighth place in the league table. Eibar come into the back of this exciting tie following an away 1-1 draw against Deportivo La Coruna.
Mendilibar’s men will have to give their all against Real Madrid and with issues at the back when it comes to defending counter attacks this season, Eibar could have a tough ninety minute in the match.
They have accumulated seven points from last five matches in La Liga and thus aren’t with a good run of form, but wins against Villarreal and Leganes in that period alongside a strong display against Barcelona will add confidence in their mind.
Real Madrid are still fighting for the third place in the League and bounced back from a disappointing 1-0 loss away at Espanyol by cruising past Getafe 3-1 at home.
Zinedine Zidane traveled to Paris in mid-week and knocked out one of the Champions league favorites PSG. The strong presence in Europe is the only thing pulling up the strings for the Frenchmen as Los Blancos have disastrous form in the league this campaign.
The Whites is in a fairly descent run managing to pickup four wins in their last five La Liga games.
Head to Head
Real Madrid and Eibar have faced off against each other only seven times before Saturday’s clash, and unsurprisingly Real Madrid hold the upper hand. Los Blancos have won six of the seven meetings, scoring 21 times in the opposition’s goal.
Earlier this season, Real Madrid thoroughly outplayed the visitors and won 3-0 with Eibar failing to impress in the night.
The club have some issues regarding the fitness of their players with five of their first team members out due to injury.
Fran Rico and new singing Jovanovic are sidelined due to a knee injury. winger Orellana is also out due to a hamstring injury while Sergi Enrich and Ruben Pena have a meniscus tear and muscle injury respectively.
Los Blancos have everyone available for selection ahead of the match, but we could see some changes in their starting line up from that which started against PSG.
Eibar vs Real Madrid Lineups ( Predicted XI)
Eibar Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Arbilla – Lomban – Junca – Jose Angel
Diop – Dani Garcia
Pedro Leon – Joan Jordan – Inui
Real Madrid Lineup (4-3-3)
Carjaval – Nacho – Ramos – Hernandez
Kroos – Casemiro – Modric
Bale – Benzema – Ronaldo
Eibar vs Real Madrid Prediction
After an excellent performance last week and a solid display in the Champions League, Real Madrid will be high on confidence and also desperate to salvage some pride. They just can’t put they leg off the gas pedal and should go on to win every game if they are to have any chance finishing second.
Eibar are a surprise package this season, but their leaky defense could be in between them and the Europa league. Tough run of games concluded their couple of weeks, and they will be looking to cause an upset against Los Blancos.
Our Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar.