La Liga Preview and Picks: Real Madrid vs. Eibar
Real Madrid welcomes Eibar to the Spanish capital on Sunday for a La Liga clash in the first game back for both teams, but it won’t be at the historic Santiago Bernabeu. Due to a massive renovation project, the games shift over to Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, which is the home of the Real Madrid reserve team. Real enters the day in second place but five points back of Barcelona following their 4-0 win at Mallorca on Saturday.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Viewing informationDate: Sunday, June 14Time: 1:30 p.m. ETLocation: Estadio Alfredo di Stefano — Madrid, SpainTV: beIN SportsLive stream: fuboTV (Try for free) Odds: Real Madrid -450; Draw +550; Eibar +1200 (via William Hill Sportsbook) Storylines
Real Madrid: It isn’t quite crunch time, and it isn’t a must win in terms of the table, but there is no other result to expect in this but a Real victory. A win for them puts them back within striking distance of Barca, and a draw would pretty much feel like a loss. Zinedine Zidane’s team handles pressure pretty well, and they’ll be hoping to see a rejuvenated Eden Hazard against an Eibar defense that is below average. Much like Barca, expect Real to start fast.
Eibar: In the relegation battle and just two points from safety, they would sign up for a draw right now. Eibar has one of the worst attacks in the league, averaging just a goal per game, and former club hero Sergi Enrich has fallen off the map. He’s got one goal in 1,448 minutes in the league so far this season. If he can’t get going soon, Eibar may just end up relegated.
Real’s defense dominantes, and Los Blancos move back to within two points of the summit. Pick: Real Madrid 3, Eibar 0