Los Galacticos are looking for the fourth consecutive LaLiga win when they visit Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on Sunday. Take a look at our Eibar vs Real Madrid Preview for Round 14 duel.
Eibar Recent Form & Team News
A 1-1 draw at high-flying Sociedad extended Eibar’s unbeaten LaLiga run to five games (W1, D4) as they hunt six unbeaten for the first time since December 2017. A 46.15% clean sheet rate in LL this term – a percentage that can be bettered by just two sides – will fill Eibar with confidence as they look for only their second-ever competitive H2H win over defending champions Real Madrid (W1, D2, L11).
However, Eibar have been disappointing at home, and remain the only LL team yet to secure a home win (D4, L3), after scoring just once here all season. Subsequently, they’re currently enduring their worst-ever top-flight winless home run, despite conceding an average of just 0.71 goals per LL match here.
Player to watch: Kike García is one of two Eibar players to have scored in more than two LL games this term, he also netted their sole home goal.
Jose Mendilibar cannot count on Pedro Bigas (ankle), Esteban Burgos (suspension), Roberto Correa (muscle), and Sergio Cubero (foot). Sergio Enrich (muscle), Bryan Gil (muscle), and Paulo Oliveira (muscle) are also unavailable.
Real Madrid Recent Form & Team News
Real Madrid have found some title-race momentum after registering three straight LaLiga wins and now look for a fourth in a row for the first time this league campaign. A 3-1 victory in their last top-flight game was their sixth LL match from the previous eight to see both teams score though, which suggests their defense has room for improvement.
Just one goal scored in each of Real’s last three LL road trips (W1, D1, L1) will worry boss Zinedine Zidane, as will Madrid’s tendency to lose concentration near the end of the first half which has resulted in 50% of the LL away goals they’ve conceded (4/8) this term arriving from the 31st minute to HT.
Player to watch: In-form Karim Benzema’s header last time out was his 19th headed goal in all competitions since the start of 2018/19. Only one player across Europe’s top five divisions has scored more during that period.
Hot stat: The last seven H2Hs have featured goals in both halves.
Zinedine Zidane will be without Eden Hazard, Junior Vinicius, and Isco (ankle).
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