z, while at least one man can have a longer festive break than others. Barcelona vs Eibar match would commence tonight and Messi would miss his favorite team to play against.
FC Barcelona has permitted Lionel Messi to linger longer than anticipated in Argentina, skipping his side’s home game against Eibar on Tuesday night.
Barça will have to beat a weak Eibar side who has just one victory in six, but they have managed to draw games against Real Sociedad and Valencia, showing that the best teams in the nation can still cause trouble.
In a TV interview broadcast on Sunday night, Messi declined to be dragged into rumors about his future, but the official explanation for his extended stay is that he is suffering from a minor ankle complaint.
In their 3-0 victory away to Real Valladolid before Christmas, Messi was Barca’s outstanding player, and Eibar would be delighted not to see him on the pitch after he scored five goals against them last season. By suspension, Jordi Alba also misses out while Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati remain injured.
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Firpo; Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Griezmann, Pedri; Braithwaite
Dmitrovic; Pozo, Burgos, Bigas, Soares; León, Diop, Exposito, Inui; Muto, Kike
Barcelona is expected to defeat Eibar despite missing Lionel Messi’s presence today, but football is unpredictable. The scoreline should be 3-1 in Barca’s favor.