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If there is to be a La Liga title race in the final weeks of the season, you feel as though Eibar will need to produce something special at Ipurua against Barcelona on Saturday.
After all, at the moment there aren’t many tougher challenges for teams in La Liga than taking on Eibar on their own patch. The Basque outfit continue to upset the odds this season and their cohesive and combative brand of football has pushed them up to seventh position in the table; they’ll be dreaming of a European finish.
Barcelona, meanwhile, have shown some signs of tiredness in recent weeks, with consecutive draws against Espanyol and Getafe allowing Atletico Madrid to close the gap to just seven points. While there’ll be no fear from the Blaugrana camp yet, Ernesto Valverde will want to see his side rekindle their spark.
Eibar will make this tough, as they’re so hard to break down and increasingly effective in the way they attack opponents. If Barcelona are to emerge with three points here, then you suspect they’ll have played especially well.
After their Champions League slip-up against Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus will resume their battle with Napoli at the top of Serie A this weekend. Local rivals Torino will be hoping to deflate their charge.
Juve have looked imperious for long spells in recent weeks and were exceptional in taking a two-goal lead against Spurs. However, they let their focus slip, allowed Spurs to fight their way back into the contest and now face a huge challenge if they’re to progress in the second leg at Wembley in three weeks.
In Serie A they’ll be hoping to get a sense of normality back and after winning their last eight in succession in the division, Juve will be confident of keeping the pressure firmly on Napoli at the summit. Showdowns with Torino have typically brought out the best of the Bianconeri lately too.