Eibar. Unquestionably my second team in La Liga. A mini-Villarreal; an incredible story.
Ipurua is the venue for the fourth top-flight meeting between the armeros and the Yellow Submarine. 3 draws over the last 2 seasons. Shouldn't come as a big surprise -- Eibar's nickname is the Gunners after all!
Villarreal's 18 for the match includes nominal B team defenders Pablo Íñiguez and Adrián Marín and the return of Samuel García from long-term injury. No Mateo Musacchio (very worrisome injury recurrence while on international duty) and Daniele Bonera (rest up!), in addition to long-term absences Jaume Costa and Jonathan dos Santos (get well soon!).
- Keepers: Asenjo and Areola.
- Defenders: Rukavina, Ruiz, Bailly, Marín, and Íñiguez.
- Midfielders: Pina, Bruno, Trigueros, Denis, Castillejo, Samuel, and Nahuel.
- Strikers: Soldado, Bakambu, Baptistao, and Adrián.
Expected XI: Areola; Rukavina, Ruiz, Bailly, Marín; Trigueros, Bruno; Castillejo, Denis; Bakambu, Soldado.
The match begins at 12:15 pm Eastern Time and airs on beIN Sports en Español. With slip-ups from Celta Vigo and Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla to play afterwards, 3 points would be vital in the hunt for fourth place. Endavant Villarreal!