Eibar vs Real Madrid SPAIN LaLiga Today Live Football Soccer Nov.9-2019
Real Madrid travel away for the first time in a couple weeks when they face off against Eibar at the Ipurua on Saturday.
Away at Eibar is always a tough fixture and Real Madrid haven’t been great on the road this season so far in LaLiga. They lost their last road league match against Mallorca.
Eibar have won their last two league matches. They remain 14th in the LaLiga table.
Real Madrid are third currently, tied on points with Barcelona. Los Blancos failed to capitalize last weekend when Barcelona lost 3-1 to Levante, instead Real drew 0-0 with Betis. A bit surprising, Real Sociedad currently lead the league with 23 points. They have been great this season and a big part of that has been Martin Ødegaard playing so well.
This will be a tough match for Real Madrid so they need to prepare for a battle on the road if they want the three points.
Real Madrid remain without Nacho and Asensio. Bale and James are both unavailable for this match, though they are traveling with their respective national clubs. Luka Jovic is also out of the squad after picking up a muscle injury. Marcelo also picked up injury against Galatasaray and will not feature.
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Rodrygo, Hazard, Benzema
With Marcelo out, no doubt Ferland Mendy gets another start in his absence at left back.
Even with Modrić back in the lineup the last couple of matches, it’s hard to justify sitting Valverde for him. The current midfield trio has worked great and Valverde has been a clear standout. Outside of Rodrygo, Valverde was arguably Real Madrid’s best player against Galatasaray.
Zidane is also unlikely to make any changes to the attacking trio. Rodrygo has the hot foot currently, so he is the unquestionable starter with Bale still missing for Real Madrid.
Vinicius and Brahim are both back in the squad, it will be interesting to see how either feature if given the chance to come off the bench.
Eibar—Real Madrid 1-2
As said before, this is a tough road match for Real Madrid at the Ipurua. Eibar have been a winning club their last couple of matches and they will be determined to keep that going.
The last time these two faced off in Basque Country, Eibar defeated Real Madrid. Needless to say, Real will have to fight hard for the win.
Now tied with Barcelona, a win is important to keep up the pace. You can’t count Barcelona, and now Real Sociedad apparently, to drop points every week.
Real have been fairly good since their last loss to Mallorca, which is also their last league road match. They have to turn things around against Eibar this time, especially after dropping points in their draw with Betis.
This is absolutely an interesting matchup. Real will have to play their best if they want to come away with all three points from a tough ground.
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Four wins, three draws and five defeats – that is how Eibar have performed in Spain’s top flight this season, with a total of 15 points leaving them in 14th position in the table. They are actually only three points off the top eight, though, and sit six points clear of the relegation zone heading into week 13.
A poor start to the campaign saw Eibar fail to win any of their first five matches, but Jose Luis Mendilibar‘s side recorded back-to-back wins over Sevilla and Celta Vigo towards the end of September.
Another three-game run followed, but Los Armeros have won their last two against Villarreal and Leganes. They also have history against Madrid, having recorded a stunning 3-0 victory in the corresponding match last term.
Since earning promotion to the top flight for the 2014-15 campaign, Eibar have performed incredibly well. The Basque side should have actually been relegated in 2015 after finishing 18th, but Elche’s financial problems saw them drop out of the league while Eibar were given a huge lifeline.
Since then, they have finished 14th, 10th, ninth and 12th as they continue to establish themselves at this level of football. It is a tough ask to overcome Madrid for a second successive year on home soil, but Mendilibar’s team will be feeling good about themselves after collecting six points from the last six available.
Madrid missed a huge chance to move to the top of La Liga last weekend when they were held to a goalless draw by Betis at the Bernabeu. As a result, Zidane’s team are second in the table, level on points with both leaders Barca and third-placed Real Sociedad heading into this weekend’s games.
It has been a strange start to the season for the capital giants, but they have shown signs of their best in recent weeks. Indeed, Madrid have won three of their last four in all competitions, including a thumping 5-0 victory over Leganes in the league at the end of last month.
What’s more, Los Blancos will enter this match off the back of a 6-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Rodrygo Goes scored a stunning hat-trick for the European giants, who have now won their last two matches in the competition after a tricky start.
Eden Hazard is still struggling to perform for Madrid, but Karim Benzema is again enjoying a fine campaign for the club, scoring nine times in 14 matches in all competitions, including seven in 10 La Liga outings.
Barca’s struggles have created an incredibly open league in the early stages of the season – just four points separate the top nine teams – and Madrid will be determined to put a win on the board this weekend.
Eibar form: WDLLWW
Real Madrid form: WDWLWD
Eibar are once again expected to be without experienced centre-back Ivan Ramis due to a hamstring injury, while Roberto Correa is also a doubt due to a muscular problem.
Mendilibar has no fresh injury concerns from the side that won at Leganes last time out, though, and it would not be a surprise to see the same XI sent onto the field.
Kike and Charles are expected to continue as the front two, although Sergi Enrich and Pedro Leon are both pushing for starting roles having featured off the bench at the weekend.
As for Madrid, Marco Asensio and Nacho are still out with knee injuries, while neither Gareth Bale nor James Rodriguez are expected to recover from their issues to feature on Saturday.
Marcelo has also emerged as an injury doubt for the visitors after being forced off in the first half of Wednesday’s clash with Galatasaray; as a result, Ferland Mendy is in line to start at left-back.