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Primera Division Gameweek 38
May 22, 2021 KO: 16:00

Eibar - Barcelona

Estadio Municipal de Ipurúa Eibar
Referee: Santiago Jaime
  81' Griezmann

Match preview

Messi to miss season finale – How Barcelona could line up against Eibar

Lionel Messi could well have played his last ever game for Barcelona as he will miss the trip to Eibar.

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona's season finale in La Liga when the Blaugrana travel to face relegated Eibar.

Ronald Koeman’s side are now well out of the title race after a run of just one win in five games, but after a stuttering start to the season qualification for the Champions League can be seen as a relative success.

Talks over Messi’s future have lingered over Camp Nou like a dark cloud, and although he is tipped to remain with the club, there is a possibility that we have seen the last of the No.10 in a Barca shirt.

The club confirmed that Koeman had given Messi permission to not train nor play at the weekend, citing the busy season and short turnaround ahead of the Copa America.

Messi has once again proven – not that he ever needed to – how incredible he is at this game, with 30 goals and nine assists in 35 league games.

The Argentine has not gone more than two games without scoring since November, single-handedly dragging Barca back into the title race towards the end of the season.

Koeman will also be without the services of star goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the game after the German underwent a knee operation during the week.

That will pave the way for Neto to make his 12th appearance of the season in a defensive structure that will require at least two changes with Clement Lenglet suspended.

Countryman Samuel Umtiti should replace him in the centre, while Sergino Dest is likely to come back in at right wing-back in place of Ousmane Dembele with Jordi Alba remaining on the left.

Sergio Busquets will anchor the midfield again and will welcome the return of partner in crime Frenkie de Jong after the Dutchman missed the defeat to Celta Vigo through suspension.

Pedri will also miss the game, the club confirmed, allowing Ilaix Moriba to complete the midfield trio. This will be the only La Liga game all season that Pedri has failed to appear in.

Antoine Griezmann will headline the front two in Messi's absence. While still not at his best, this season has been much better than the last one for the Frenchman.

Alongside him there should be a place for Dembele to move further forward after his wing-back role last time out.

Barcelona starting XI versus Eibar

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Eibar
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  Average Match Rating  
5.8
  Home  
7.3
5.4
  Away  
7.8
5.6
  Total  
7.5

Match statistics

Eibar
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
2
12
Draws
5
4
Losses
13
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
15
49
Goals Per Game
0.75
2.45
More > 2.5 Goals
8
14
More > 3 Goals
5
8
Scored First in a Match
4
15
Scored Both Halves
1
8
Won More > 1 Goal
1
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
36
23
Did Not Score
7
1
Both Teams Scored
11
13
Kept Clean Sheet
2
7
Won Without Conceding
2
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
612
928
Possession
52
68
Passes
421
758
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
15
Shots on Target
3.68
6.30
Goals out of Shots
0.07
0.18
Crosses
30
12
Offsides
2.06
2.58
Penalties
0.10
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.10
0.35
Tackles Won
8.25
7.65
Clearances
13
9.10
Interceptions
10
9.35
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
25
10
Total Shots Conceded
9.15
8.20
Shots on Target Conceded
3.80
3.30
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.21
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
10
Yellow Cards
1.95
1.60
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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Suspended

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