La Liga preview: Real Madrid v. Eibar
No one wanted a pandemic, but Real Madrid will have benefited from this break as much as any club.
Madrid’s only win in its last four outings before the coronavirus pause was El Clasico, which is terribly fortunate or La Liga’s title race would be closer to run.
Take that relative slump into account and now throw in that Sunday’s visitors to the Bernabeu did not put up much of a fight in conceding thrice in a half-hour earlier this season.
Real hammered Eibar 4-0 at Ipurua Municipal Stadium in November as part of an impressive season start that included just one loss in its first 24 matches (to Mallorca nonetheless).
That said, Eibar’s status two points above the drop zone is largely due to three shocking wins over Sevilla, Villarreal, and Atletico Madrid. Those were all at home, though, and this one’s at the Bernabeu.
Eibar’s two leading scorers’ combined age is 70, as Charles (8 goals) and Fabian Orellana (7) pace the club in all competitions. Orellana also has six assists, and has been the club’s top weapon with 1.7 key passes and 2.6 dribbles per match.
Real is two points back of Barcelona and two goals shy in differential, too, as Zinedine Zidane’s men try to break Barca’s run of two-straight titles. The Blaugranas have also won four in five Spanish crowns.
Both Real and Barca are out of the Copa del Rey and have Champions League concerns after one leg at the Round of 16 stage. La Liga may be their best hope for silverware in 2020.