Barcelona come into their final game of the season against Eibar knowing their title chances are hanging by a thread and they need a win to stand any chance of becoming 2016/17 La Liga champions.
Barcelona vs Eibar
Spanisch La Liga – Sunday 21st May 2017 – 7:00pm
Best Odd of: 1/20 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 14/1 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 33/1 Ladbrokes
Barcelona Recent Form
Barcelona have won their last six league games, scoring 26 goals in the process, but it still may not be enough to win them the title. Only one defeat in ten puts them top of the form table but the defeat at Malaga on April 8th could be what sees them finish runner up this season.
They sit in second place, three points behind Real Madrid heading in to this final game. They do have a superior goal difference but need to win and hope Real suffer defeat at Malaga. That is the only way they will end the campaign top of the table.
Barca will be confident of picking up the victory here. They have lost just once at home in the league all season, are on a run of 16 unbeaten as hosts with eleven consecutive victories.
Eibar Recent Form
Eibar looked to be in a position to challenge for a top six finish but their recent form has let them down. Only one defeat in their last six league games, including four defeats, leaves them in eight place in the table with the possibility of finishing as low as tenth.
Scoring goals has been a problem recently, with them failing to score in five of their last six including the last three on their travels.
This game is sure to be a tough outing for them and the players are sure to be looking forward to their summer break after it.
Head to Head Record
These teams have only met five times, with the first coming in October 2014.
Barcelona have won all five, scoring sixteen goals and conceding just one.
The most recent meeting was in January, with Barcelona winning 4-0 in a one-sided affair.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Barcelona should win this game comfortably, by at least a few goals if past meetings are anything to go by.
This is reflected in the betting odds with Barcelona being a red-hot favourite, priced at 1/16 with Betway. Eibar are 22/1, with the draw priced at 14/1.
The gulf between the sides is shown even further in the handicap betting. Barcelona to win starting the game with a -3 handicap is priced at 21/20, while a -4 handicap only provides slightly better value at 21/10.
Barca have won the last two meetings 4-0, with that result priced at 7/1 for this game. A home victory and over 3.5 goals looks a banker at odds of 4/9.
The home team to be leading at half time and then winning the game is 30/100, with odds of 2/7 for Barca to score in both halves.
The importance of the game for Barcelona means they must start strongly, so over 1.5 goals in the first half could be a good bet at odds of 1/2.
With Eibar struggling to score goals, it could pay to back Barcelona to win to nil at 17/20 with Betway. It’s also the same price for the home side to keep a clean sheet regardless of the result.
There has only been a goal in the first fifteen minutes in one of Barcelona’s last twelve games, so the 8/11 for no goal in the first fifteen minutes here looks to be good value.
Neymar netted a hat-trick last weekend to make it four goals in two games, and he is 3/4 to score anytime here. Lionel Messi has scored in four of the last six, and is priced at 30/100 to find the net in this match. The other solid option in the anytime scorer market is Luis Suarez, who has scored in the last three games and priced at 1/2 to score in a fourth consecutive league game.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for this match is a Barcelona victory and over 3.5 goals, which is priced at 4/9 with Betway.
The best value bet has to be Barcelona to win with a -3 handicap, at odds of 21/20 with the same betting company.