FC Barcelona's Luis Suárez is second in La Liga in scoring this season with 16 goals. Teammate Leo Messi leads the league with 20.

FC Barcelona's Luis Suárez is second in La Liga in scoring this season with 16 goals. Teammate Leo Messi leads the league with 20. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Saturday’s match is a collision course of sorts, as in-form SD Eibar welcomes FC Barcelona to the Basque Country for a late afternoon La Liga clash in which something's gotta give. Eibar, which is in 7th place and is 8–3–1 in its last 12 league games, will not only try and beat the league leading Catalans for the first time ever, but they will also be looking to put the brakes on Barça’s 30-game unbeaten streak, which is just one game shy of tying the Club’s all-time record.

See the full La Liga standings.

Who’s In & Who’s Out

After the team trained on Friday afternoon, manager Ernesto Valverde released the following squad list for Saturday's match:

1. Marc-André Ter Stegen
2. Nelson Semedo
3. Gerard Piqué
4. Ivan Rakitic
5. Sergio Busquets
6. Andrés Iniesta
9. Luis Suárez
10. Leo Messi
11. Ousmane Dembélé
13. Jasper Cillessen
14. Philippe Coutinho
15. Paulinho
18. Jordi Alba
19. Lucas Digne
20. Sergi Roberto
22. Aleix Vidal
23. Samuel Umtiti
24. Yerry Mina

Umtiti, Barça's French center back, returns to the fold after missing last weekend’s scoreless draw with Getafe due to a one-game suspension. Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is missing through injury. The Spaniards Denis Suárez and Paco Alcácer, as well as the Portuguese midfielder André Gomes, are also left out. 

Watch highlights of Friday’s final pre-Eibar training session 

Form Guide

Eibar — L D D W W
Barça — W W D W D


Watch highlights of Ernesto Valverde's pre-game press conference. 

Statistically Speaking

Barça is 25–5–0 in its last 30 La Liga games dating back to last season, and a win or draw at Eibar on Saturday would equal the Club’s best ever unbeaten run in La Liga — 31 games under Pep Guardiola in the 2010/11 season . . . Eibar, for its part, has only lost one of its last 12 La Liga games (8–3–1), a 1–0 home defeat to Atlético Madrid on January 13 . . . In fact, Eibar’s recent run is the third best in La Liga over that stretch, only behind Atlético and Barça . . . Nevertheless, since reaching the top flight three seasons ago, Eibar has lost all seven La Liga games against Barça, conceding 26 goals in total (3.7 per game) and only scoring in four of them . . . Barça’s latest win over Eibar came in Week 5 of this season, back on September 19, 2017, when Leo Messi scored four goals in a 6–1 Barça rout at Camp Nou . . . Speaking of Messi, the Argentinian maestro — who leads the league in scoring this season with 20 goals — has scored in all of his six games against Eibar in La Liga (12 goals in total) . . . In fact, Messi’s dozen goals are the most Eibar has surrendered to any player in the Basque side's three-and-a-half seasons in La Liga.

How to follow the game live

As always, Barça's match will be broadcast live around the world. We will also have live English play-by-play streamed on R@dioBarça. And social media users can get live updates on Barça's official Facebook and Twitter accounts, as the action unfolds.

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