Barcelona vs. Eibar: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2019

GETAFE, SPAIN - JANUARY 06:   Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on January 06, 2019 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Barcelona host Eibar at the Camp Nou in La Liga on Sunday, knowing a win will maintain a healthy lead over Atletico Madrid in the title race.

Atleti are in action earlier in the day, hosting Levante. A win would put the side from the Spanish capital just two points behind the Blaugrana.

Barca enter the game off the back of a loss after Levante won 2-1 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Thursday. Lionel Messi was one of many big-name stars rested for that match.

With Messi coming back, the Blaugrana can feel confident about making home advantage count against Eibar. Messi and Luis Suarez are in standout form and will make the difference.

                

Date: Sunday, January 13

Time: 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET

TV Info: Eleven Sports 1 UK/beIN Sports

Live Stream: beIN Sports CONNECT. fuboTV.

Where to Watch: World football matches and related coverage are available through fuboTV.

                      

Odds

Barcelona: 100-699
Eibar: 16-1
Draw: 8-1

Odds according to OddsShark.

            

Suarez enters the game full of confidence after he scored a terrific volley during the narrow 2-1 win away to Getafe last time out:

While the Uruguay international is capable of the spectacular, Messi is still the player who makes Barca tick in the final third. The diminutive maestro is the chief creative source for Ernesto Valverde's team:

Messi's value was underlined when his influence was sorely missed during cup action on Thursday. Even so, it would help if another player shared the burden for creating chances.

Former Liverpool schemer Philippe Coutinho is the obvious candidate. The problem is the 26-year-old has struggled to settle since returning to the Spanish top flight from Liverpool in January 2018.

Valverde warned Coutinho he must "fight" for his place, per Goal's Matt Dorman. The reminder came after Coutinho floundered against Levante, but he has the technique and shooting power to turn any match in Barca's favour.

Barcelona need to win the midfield battle because Eibar have some underrated quality. Fabian Orellana and Pedro Leon both possess the skill to unlock Barca's defence.

Coutinho is under pressure to deliver.
Coutinho is under pressure to deliver.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Leon and Orellana can keep the supply lines open to useful strikers Charles and Sergi Enrich.

Eibar have the talent to catch the hosts cold early on, but Barca's marquee talent up top will soon prove decisive.

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