Can Messi inspire Barca to victory?
<div><h2>Eibar vs Barcelona</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/es/la-liga/sd-eibar-vs-fc-barcelona-3842263/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, October 19, at Municipal de Ipura</strong></a></p><p>Barcelona put together a run of four straight victories before the international break and they will be keen to resume that momentum. Lionel Messi is now back from injury and he has once again formed a devastating partnership with Luis Suarez up front. Ousmane Dembele’s return has also given Barca a real boost, and that could be enough to see them past Eibar on Saturday. José Luis Mendilibar’s men are in excellent form, but defending has never been their forte and the prospect of containing a well rested and highly motivated Messi sounds terrifying.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>The big news for Barca is that they may be forced to travel to the Basque country by bus if Catalan independence protestors force the closure of Barcelona Airport. That would take more than six hours, which would hardly be ideal preparation, but there is hope that the airport will be open. Gerard Pique is suspended for the game, but Samuel Umtiti might be able to return from a five-month layoff to partner Clement Lenglet in defence. Jordi Alba is also in line for a return, while Carles Perez is a minor doubt, but the key for Barcelona is getting Messi, Suarez and Dembele on the pitch.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Eibar endured a miserable start to the season, but they pulled off a superb win against Sevilla on September 26. They were 2-0 down and battled back to secure a 3-2 triumph. Three days later they beat Celta Vigo 2-0 and then they earned a strong 1-1 draw away at Real Betis before the international break. Kike leads the line, flanked by Japan international Takashi Inui and the dangerous Fabian Orellana. Midfielder Gonzalo Escalante will be suspended for this game after being sent off at the death against Betis.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Barcelona have only kept one clean sheet in four games, so both teams to score might be a good option in this game at 1.70 (7/10) with William Hill. Eibar will be full of confidence after enjoying a four-game unbeaten streak, and they can take inspiration from a battling 2-2 draw against Barcelona at Municipal de Ipura last season. However, Barca won all nine previous meetings between the clubs since Eibar were promoted to the top flight in 2014. If Messi is on song, they should win this game.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral">Barcelona to win and over 1.5 goals at 1.73 (8/11) with Coral</a></strong></p></div>