Eibar vs. Real Madrid / La Liga – Real Madrid is expectedly better on the table because they are third with 15 points more than the eighth-ranked Eibar, but the host of this duel is surely more satisfied with this season. Real expected to defend the title of a champion, or at least a big fight with Barcelona, however, there is nothing because they behind with the same number of points as they have more than Eibar, who remained undefeated in the last two duels after two lost games. Real defeated Getafe after defeat by Espanyol, but more importantly, they also defeated PSG in the Champions League. In the first part of the season it was 3-0 for Real. Begins: 10.03.2018. – 13:00 CET
Eibar is high on the table and it is still possible for this team to pick up the placement in Europa league, which would be a huge success for a small club from Basque. After two defeats with 2-0, by Barcelona t home and Celta away, they have dropped a little bit on the table, but then they celebrated at home over Villarreal with 1-0 and a draw 1-1 with Deportivo as guests in the last round.
They are now again two points away from the sixth position held by Villarreal, but they can certainly lament that they have not won any points in the last round at Riazor in La Coruna because they had more players on the field for more than half of the game. A whole series of changes was made by coach Mendilibar after the win over Villarreal and some were forced due to injuries, and the new on that list was Orellana.
Probable lineups Eibar: Dmitrovic – Pena, Ramis, Arbilla, J.Angel – Diop, Dani Garcia, Pedro Leon, Inui – Kike, Charles
The championship has long been in the background for Real and they are aware that they cannot defend the title. Even the second spot is seven points away and there must not be total relaxation because they have to defend at least a third position. Two rounds ago they lost to Espanyol away, and they played very badly in that game where coach Zidane sent a fairly modified team to the field.
It was quite different against Getafe in the previous round and they celebrated a triumph with 3-1, although they were in Paris at the time playing a rematch of the round of sixteen in the Champions League. It is the most important competition now, and they managed to eliminate the big rival PSG with two victories. They had a nice 3-1 in the first match in Madrid, and they played a rematch tactically and celebrated with 2-1, although there were again without their two key midfielders, Modric and T. Kroos, who came from the bench in the second part. Zidane has all players available now, and he will certainly combine the starting lineup.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo – M.Llorente, Ceballos, T.Kroos, Isco – Ronaldo, Bale
Eibar vs. Real Madrid PICK
Eibar is relieved and they certainly want to provide a good resistance to their rival to offer the best resistance and it is possible that they will succeed in that because Real experienced emotional discharge in the Champions League and this duel comes to them as a chance for some players to rest, so we expect an even worse edition from the guests.
Pick: under 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.65 at betvictor (down to 1.57 can be played)