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Lionel Messi will once again be Barcelona's key player against Eibar.Reuters

Barcelona are one of the best teams in world football at present, if not the best. Barcelona have played some free-flowing football this season, and are currently favourites to win the La Liga. Barcelona, who enjoy an eight-point lead in the La Liga, are keen to increase their lead Sunday as they face surprise package Eibar at Municipal de Ipurua.

Home or away, Barcelona have been a top team in the La Liga, dominating opponents like no other. Barcelona have won their last six matches in all competition, and their attacking and entertaining brand of football has been a treat for fans worldwide. Barcelona scored five goals against Rayo Vallecano in their last fixture.

With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as the front three, Barcelona possess the most dangerous attacking line in the world. The trio combines very well in front of the goal.

Though Neymar is suspended for the game, Messi and Suarez are expected to link well, as they have been doing, to score goals and help Barcelona take the lead in the La Liga standings. Barcelona, who have huge depth in their squad, could field Arda Turan in place of Neymar. They are expected to play their full-strength team as they do not have any major injury concerns.

What makes Barcelona special is their players, who have a deep desire to win and do anything to help their team emerge victorious. Messi belongs in the same bracket.

"Messi is quite capable of finishing the season as top scorer in the league, and by 10 clear goals. But the most important thing is that he is focused on winning things for the team, like all the other players. They know what it's about. If they can achieve things on a team level then they'll achieve things on an individual level too," FC Barcelona official website quoted manager Luis Enrique as saying.

All the teams in the La Liga are always keen to defeat Barcelona, and Eibar are no different. They are the major surprises of the season, as many were expecting them to struggle, but they lie eighth on the table.

Though Eibar might not cause major trouble to Barcelona, they play direct football, which can sometimes put the visitors on the backfoot. However, Eibar's defenders will have a huge task of containing Messi and Suarez. Enrique believes Eibar are going to be a tough team to beat at home.

"At home they are especially dangerous because of the size of their pitch and their fans. We know that from the game we played there last season," Enrique said.

"They have a different manager this year and a different set of players. That will make the game more difficult, like any game away from home."

Where to watch live

Eibar vs Barcelona La Liga game is scheduled for 5 p.m. CET (8.30 p.m. IST, 3 p.m. GMT, 10 a.m ET) start, with live TV coverage in India on Sony ESPNand Sony ESPN HD. Viewers in India can also watch the match via live streaming online on Sony Liv.

Audience in Spain can catch the match Eibar vs Barcelona La Liga game live on Canal+ Liga and Movistar Futbol.

Fans in UK can watch Eibar vs Barcelona La Liga game live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD2. Live streaming option will be available on SkyGo.

Bein Sportswill broadcast the La Liga match between Eibar vs Barcelona La Liga gamelive on TV in Australia, USA, Canada, the Middle East and North Africa, while the live stream option is on Bein Sports Connect.

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