Barcelona vs Eibar
After a hard-fought comeback 2-1 win over Getafe, Barcelona will be looking to maintain their perfect start, where they have four wins on board. Barca have overly dominated this fixture since Eibar won promotion in 2014, winning all six meetings. They also scored 20 goals with just 5 conceded. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez combined for 14 of that twenty goals. Ernesto Valverde, in his capacity as Athletic Bilbao boss, also enjoyed success against Eibar with four wins and one draw in six matchups. Valverde, having seen fatigue seep into this players few days back, is likely to play the rotation game. Ousmane Dembele, the world's second expensive footballer, though, miss out. The Frenchman was pulled out early in the first half against Getafe and faces up to three months on the sidelines.
- Barcelona 6-1 Eibar
- Shots: 11-10
- Possession: 58%-42%
- Corner kicks: 7-7
Lionel Messi scored four goals as Barcelona thrashed Eibar 6-1 to move five points clear at the top of La Liga.
Having put Barca ahead with a 20th-minute penalty, and seen Paulinho double their lead on 38 minutes, Messi was the focal point of an improved second-half display from Ernesto Valverde's men as he notched his 28th league hat-trick.
Denis Suarez, preferred in attack to the rested Luis Suarez, also found the net on the night as Barca maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign in style.
Eibar gave a lethargic Barca a run for their money early on, but were consigned to a seventh straight defeat to their illustrious opponents, with Sergi Enrich's second-half strike mere consolation.