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Barcelona to make short work of Eibar

08:15 GMT 20/01/2017
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The hosts have a poor record against La Liga's biggest sides and the champions to win without conceding on Sunday evening is highly likely.

Thursday night saw Barcelona end a 10-year wait for a win in San Sebastian with the Blaugrana overcoming Real Sociedad 1-0 in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey quarter final at the Estadio Anoeta. It was an excellent result for Luis Enrique's men, and after failing to win their opening two games of the year, the defending champions have now won three matches in a row.

Sunday evening sees Barca revisit the province of Guipuzcoa once more, and 60km south-west of San Sebastian lies Eibar. The side from the smallest city in La Liga were also in action on Thursday night in their first ever appearance in the last eight of the Copa, although their 3-0 first leg defeat at Atletico Madrid means they are unlikely to further progress in the competition.

What does look likely is their survival in La Liga with Eibar sitting a healthy 14 points clear of the relegation, thanks to seven wins and five draws from their 18 La Liga games this season. Five of those seven wins have come at home but it is perhaps interesting to note that Eibar have scored more goals on the road than at the Estadio Ipurua.

Since their promotion in 2014, Eibar have also never scored a home goal against Barca, with their solitary goal in four top flight fixtures against the Catalans coming at the Camp Nou in a  3-1 defeat las season.

As previously mentioned the Basques have never scored a home goal against Barcelona, a statistic repeated in the case of Real Madrid, while in three home matches against Atletico they have netted once.

That means that in seven home league games against the division's big three sides, Eibar have managed just one goal (a last minute strike in a 3-1 defeat to Atletico two years ago).

Barcelona have scored in each of their last 12 away league games, netting 37 in total (3.1 per game), with our Head and Shoulders Super Player Luis Suárez scoring in four of his last five league games.

Therefore it is highly likely that Barcelona will win without conceding, with Eibar failing to score in both of their last two home matches, and Barcelona regaining their confidence.