Free La Liga Soccer Picks for Barcelona vs. Eibar

Nikki Adams

Friday, October 17, 2014 7:54 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 7:54 PM UTC

Barcelona will look to take maximum points when they host Eibar at Camp Nou on Saturday. Will Barca deliver as the hot favourites? Where are the value soccer picks to be had. Join us as we breakdown this matchup.

Barcelona Flying High
Barcelona are flying high in La Liga, sat atop the table with 19 points. They are undefeated in domestic action with a 6-1-0 record. Most shockingly, they’ve yet to concede a goal in seven rounds of La Liga action.

Barcelona opened the season with a 3-0 win over Elche at Camp Nou and then went on to beat Villarreal (1-0), Athletic Club (2-0) and Levante (5-0). Their only hiccup was a fifth week draw to Malaga on the road, but they quickly bounced back with back-to-back wins over Granada (6-0) and Rayo Vallecano (2-0). Given this rich vein of form Barcelona is currently riding, it comes as no surprise they are the whopping, prohibitive -1000 soccer odds favourites to win outright.

That being said, Barcelona suffered a setback in Champions League a few weeks ago when they lost to PSG 3-2. Another Champions League date looms on the horizon after the weekend, a date with Ajax in the third round of Group F Champions League action, which could prove a distraction for the side when they host Eibar on Saturday.

While Barcelona will have home advantage in what could prove a pivotal European clash, they’ll be feeling the pressure. On account of the defeat to PSG, Barcelona slipped to second place in the table with a 1-0-1 record. Ajax are nipping at their heels with two points behind two straight draws, all the while mindful a win over Barcelona would see them advance their bid for a knockout berth.

Ajax masterminded the upset over Barcelona last November in Champions League when they beat them 2-1 at home. Pulling off the feat for a second time in as many seasons is a tall order, but Ajax are no pushovers and Barca knows only too well just how tough to beat the Dutch side can be.


New Boys Eibar Plucky Pups
If there were a time to shake up things at Camp Nou, now would appear to be optimal. Eibar are enjoying a rather decent start on the season with a mid-table position behind a 2-3-2 record on the season. But can they pull off the biggest upset of the season with a win at Camp Nou as the +2000 soccer pups?

Eibar have stared down some decent opposition to modest results, namely holding Villarreal to a 1-1 draw and losing respectably to Real Madrid 2-1 in the nation’s capital. A lot can be learned by a team in defeat, especially through holding down a lethal offense to just two goals. Indeed, that’s a particular trend with the La Liga new boys Eibar – they have netted eight goals all while conceding just 8 goals – where the under 2.5 has cashed in five of  their seven games.

Eibar have nothing to lose and an opportunity to capitalise over Barcelona, especially if they decide to rest some of their most dangerous starters for Champions League. That said saying it’s marginally possible is not the same as saying it’s possible. Hence backing Eibar to win straight up at +2000 soccer odds will take a brave soul or a diehard Eibar fan.


Soccer Betting Verdict
For those looking to weigh in on this matchup on their soccer wagering ticket this weekend, look at some outside soccer markets for value soccer picks. Barcelona are most likely to win, but backing them on a -1000 price tag promises no value. By that same token, backing Eibar on some slim probability to win outright at +2000 is akin to throwing water into the ocean. If you’re adamant about betting on money lines and leaning towards a positive result for the plucky underdogs, the draw or Eibar double result is a tempting +650. But don’t go betting the farm on it.

Another aspect to consider for adventurous soccer picks is the fact that Eibar have gone 1-1-1 in half-time betting markets. Double result bets that could prove profitable here include a) draw-Barcelona win at +300; b) draw-draw at +1200; c) Eibar-Barcelona at +2500; and d) Eibar-draw at +4000.

For the true value soccer picks, handicap markets offer plenty angles for profit. Barcelona are the 2.5-point chalk at -115 while Eibar are matched as the 2.5-point pups at -105. Given Barcelona will be mindful of their midweek Champions League commitments and Eibar defend stoically, this game could  be closer than the money line odds would have us believe. So if you’re chancing the underdogs, take Eibar to cover as the 2.5-point chalk at -105.

Free Soccer Picks: Eibar + 2.5 (-105) at 5Dimes

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