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Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Rayo Vallecano to take his goal tally for the season to 33Reuters

Barcelona will look to win their 11th consecutive match in La Liga when they face Eibar at the Ipurua stadium on 6 March.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 HD.

Overview

Eibar suffered their third successive defeat in La Liga against Sevilla in midweek to stay at eighth place on the league table. The Basque outfit have won just one of their last six league matches.

Midfielder Jota remains sidelined with a hamstring problem and Lillo is suspended. Right-back Ander Capa returns after serving a one-match ban.

Barcelona thrashed Rayo Vallecano 5-1 to extend their unbeaten run in competitive games to 35 – a new Spanish record. The Catalan giants are eight points clear at the top of the La Liga table with 11 games left.

Playmaker Ivan Rakitic is expected to feature for the visitors despite suffering a knock against Rayo, but Brazilian forward Neymar is suspended.

What managers say

Jose Luis Mendilibar: "If the leader can be defeated at the Ipurua, it would be wonderful for the world of football and fantastic for us. But [Barcelona] almost always end up winning, because they are good. I hope we can complicate matters for them. We have to be ourselves, try not to make mistakes and not lose the ball [cheaply]."

Luis Enrique: "Now is when the nicest part of the season starts, you are where you wanted from the beginning, fighting for titles. Then we must see what we achieve. For now, I'm pleased with how the season has progressed, all the work that has brought us here. [There is] attitude, intensity and finishing. When Barca manages to be like that you create danger from the first minute and it's hard to stop them."

Form guide

  • Eibar: LLLWL
  • Last result: Sevilla 1-0 Eibar
  • Barcelona (all competitions): WWWWW
  • Last result: Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Barcelona

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Eibar win: 12
  • Draw: 11/2
  • Barcelona win: 4/17

Team news

Eibar possible XI: Riesgo; Capa, Pantic, Ramis, Junca; Escalante, Garcia, Radosevic, Adrian; Baston, Enrich

Barcelona possible XI: Bravo; Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Vidal; Rakitic, Roberto, Turan; Messi, Suarez, Munir