Eibar vs Real Madrid by Jimeno
Eibar had a very interesting match on Tuesday evening in previous LaLiga clash as the team managed to take a point in an away meeting against Real Sociedad. The thing is, their hosts were at least a bit better during the ninety minutes and the visitors were very lucky and should be happy with a point taken since they leveled up the result in third minute of additional time.
Players of Sociedad took the lead first in 14th minute via Juanmi, but the fighting visitors leveled up the result in 26th via Escalante. It looked bad for them since they stood playing with a man less in 46th when Lejeune got excluded, but the hosts soon returned the favor and stood playing with a man less too in 59th minute when Juanmi got red carded. Hosts re-took the lead from a penalty kick in 67th taken by Vela, but as said, guests were rewarded for the fighting spirit in third minute of additional time via Leon. Eibar now has only one defeat in last five matches in LaLiga, being just three points behind Europa League placed Villarreal.
Home team misses suspended central defender Florian Lejeune (24/1), but also injured goalkeeper Asier Riesgo (14/0) and forwards Nano (6/1) and Kike Garcia (12/2).
Real Madrid, on the other side, comes from a really big setback since the team took only a point in their home match against Las Palmas in a 3:3 game last Wednesday evening. However, having in mind that they had to play with a man less almost for entire second half when Bale was excluded and that they were losing with two goals difference till last five minutes, they could be satisfied to have pulled away something out of the clash.
Scoreline was opened inside the first ten minutes already as Isco brought the home team into the lead in eight, but Tanausu replied just two minutes later. Visitors used a man more well and took the double lead thanks to goals from Viera (penalty kick) and Boateng, but the players from Madrid took a point thanks to two late goals from Ronaldo.
It was their second setback in three matches (previous victory over Villarreal but also defeat against Valencia both matches on the road), so the team doesn't have point advnatage anymore. They do have a game less played, but also a point less than Barcelona and are just a point ahead of Sevilla - meaning this game is a must win one for them.
Central defender Raphael Varane (18/1) is injured, while forward Cristiano Ronaldo (20/18) should also miss the game due injury. Suspended are offensive players Alvaro Morata (17/8) and Gareth Bale (15/7).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Eibar's last 8 games (La Liga).
Real Madrid is far away from their good form and even though they remain huge favorites for this one, I'm quite sure that the home team will bring a lot of problems to them, while plenty of goals and both teams scoring seems such an obvious choice for this one. I can't rate the chances close to 50% like the odds suggest.