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Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Eibar

10:15 GMT+3 17/02/2018
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans' trip to Ipurua in La Liga this weekend...

Barcelona travel to Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday, but the league leaders are in action away to Eibar first in the Primera Division on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde's side will have one eye on their European game at Stamford Bridge, scene of one of the club's most famous nights as they earned a dramatic late draw to advance to the final en route to the treble in 2008-09.

Barca could only draw at home to Getafe last weekend in a rare goalless game at Camp Nou, but still lead La Liga by seven points with Atletico in second and Real Madrid 17 adrift (with a game in hand) in fourth place.

Here's a look at everything you need to know ahead of Barca's trip to Eibar on Saturday...


Gerard Pique is back from injury after sitting out the game against Getafe, while Thomas Vermaelen is doubtful. If the Belgian makes it, coach Valverde will have a fully fit squad at his disposal for the game in the Basque Country.


Samuel Umtiti was suspended for the game against Getafe, but the France defender is back for this one and Valverde has no other players banned this weekend.


With the possible exception of Vermaelen, Barca boss Valverde will have all of his players available this weekend and the 54-year-old is set to field a strong side against Eibar.

Pique and Umtiti are back from injury and suspension, respectively, and should both feature in central defence.

Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho could both start in midfield, although the Spain star may be kept in reserve for Tuesday night's Champions League clash away to Chelsea.


Eibar are enjoying yet another spectacularly successful campaign in La Liga, the Basques are in seventh spot and just one point behind sixth-placed Sevilla ahead of their game against Barca on Saturday.

Jose Luis Mendilbar's side thrashed Sevilla 5-1 in their last home match, before beating Leganes 1-0 away from home – their 10th victory in La Liga this season.

The Basques, 6-1 losers at Camp Nou earlier this season, will be without striker Sergi Enrich and midfielder Fran Rico on Saturday (both injured), while defender Paulo Oliveira is doubtful.


Eibar versus Barcelona kicks off at 16:15 local time on Saturday and as games cannot be broadcast live in the UK at that time, it will be shown later on in full on Sky Sports Football (via the red button) and also on Sky Sports Mix, both from 17:30 GMT.

In the United States, the game can be watched live on television on beIN SPORTS and kicks off at 10:15 ET.


  • Eibar have lost their seven La Liga games against Barcelona, conceding 26 goals in total (3.7 per game) and only scoring in four of them.

  • Lionel Messi has scored in all of his six games against Eibar in La Liga (12 goals in total).

  • This will be the 100th game for Eibar boss Mendilibar with the Basque side in La Liga. He has won 36, drawn 24 and lost 39 so far.

  • Mendilibar has won only one of his 16 games as a coach against Barcelona in La Liga, a 3-2 victory with Osasuna in February 2012.

  • While Barcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga this season, Eibar have lost only one of their last 12 games in the competition, a 1-0 defeat to Atletico at Ipurua in January. The Basques won eight of the remaining 11 matches and drew the other three.