Eibar vs Real Madrid
Date: 29th November, 2015
Kickoff: 15:00 BST
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Ipura, Eibar
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Real Madrid travel to Estadio Municipal de Ipura on Sunday to face an impressive Eibar side in La Liga.
Los Blancos crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat against fierce rivals Barcelona in their last league game and Rafa Benitez’s side will be looking to bounce back in style.
The new Real Madrid manager is under immense pressure after two consecutive league defeats against Sevilla and Barcelona. Although the former Napoli manager was tipped for an early sack, club president Florentino Perez has publicly backed the Spaniard.
Eibar managed to escape relegation by the skin of teeth last season and Jose Mendilibar has turned it around this season.
After finishing 18th last season, narrowly missing out on relegation because of Elche CF being administratively transferred by the LFP to the Segunda Division, Eibar have started this season impressively.
The Basque club have lost just twice after 12 games so far in the season and are on a three-game unbeaten run.
As for Real Madrid, the Blancos will be looking for a statement win against Eibar and get back into the mix for the title.
Benitez’s team scraped to a 4-3 win against Shakhtar in the Champions league yesterday thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and the capital club will be aware of the improvements needed.
The Blancos are third in the league table behind Barçelona and Atletico Madrid.
Benitez’s men are expectedly hurt and hungry right now and will be hoping to make Eibar the unwilling victim of their projected onslaught this Sunday.
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Eibar vs Real Madrid Team News
Eibar will be without three of their first team players for Sunday’s clash against Real Madrid.
Left back Ander Gayoso is still sidelined with the ACL injury he picked up at the start of the season. Midfielder Verdi will be ruled out with an hamstring injury he picked up right before the International break.
Finally, keeper Jaime Jimenez is also out with a back injury and is expected next year.
As for Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez could be without his three first choice defenders in Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Raphael Varane.
Varane picked up a hamstring injury during Real Madrid’s 4-3 win over Shakhtar and is expected to undergo scans later today.
Sergio Ramos is out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury and Marcelo could return for the trip to Eibar.
Eibar vs Real Madrid Starting Lineups
Eibar starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Riesgo; Ekiza, Dos Santos, Echaide, Junca; Mauri, Escalante, Carrillo, Saul; Enrich, Borja
Real Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos; Rodriguez, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema
Eibar vs Real Madrid Key Stats
Real Madrid have never lost against Eibar home or away in the last decade.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 away matches in La Liga and Eibar have conceded at a rate of 1 goal per game in the league this season.
Prediction: Eibar 0-3 Real Madrid