Eibar – Leganes: Preview & Prediction
Eibar did the previous season, its third in the elite division of Spanish football, the best campaign of its brief history in the competition. He played until the final rounds a place to play for the Europa League. It ended up failing.
The expectation that the team could stay in the top half of the table increased even more with the victory, away from home, 1-0 against Malaga in the opening day of the current season of La Liga.
The excitement, however, had to be contained with two straight losses. The first, 1-0 at home, against Athletic Bilbao. The second, by 3 to 0, against the Seville, in the field of the adversary.
Thus, Eibar completed the third round in a modest sixteenth position, growing distrust over their ability to put the team on a higher level or if they will fight only against relegation until the end of the season.
This Friday’s game against a team that, at least in theory, has as its sole and exclusive goal to remain in the First Division, can give a better dimension of Eibar’s potential.
For the confrontation, the technician Jose Mendilibar will have to wait for the positioning of the medical department in relation to the goalkeeper Yoel; to defender Anaitz Arbilla; and striker Nano, who are recovering from injury. They will need to go through a new evaluation to see if they will be available for the confrontation.
After being threatened by relegation to the last rounds of the previous season, Leganes managed to give their fans hope for a better performance with two consecutive victories in the opening rounds of La Liga. At home, he passed Alaves, runner-up of the Copa del Rey, scoring 1-0. He repeated the minimum score as a visitor against Espanyol, who fought for a place in the Europa League in 2016/2017.
The cold water bucket came in the third round when, at home, lost 2-1 to Getafe, rival considered a direct opponent in the fight against the fall to the Second Division. Even so, with six points, open the fourth day in fifth place, within the classification zone for the Europa League.
To defend this position, coach Asier Garitano may have two casualties for the match against Eibar. They are in the medical department the goalkeeper Jon Serantes and the defender Dimitrios Siovas.
History of the bouts between Eibar and Leganes
Eibar defends an unbeaten run of six games against Leganes. As of 2003, it was three wins and three draws.
Eibar – Leganes: Betting Tips
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 2.10
Over 2 goals – Odds: 1.80