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Those results have allowed Atletico Madrid to cut Ernesto Valverde's side's lead at the top of the table to seven points, with the clubs due to meet at the Camp Nou early next month.

The hosts have been one of the most surprising teams in La Liga this season.

Respite arrived courtesy of Suarez's well-taken 16th-minute goal, which was beautifully created by Lionel Messi's left boot. They were expected to fight near the bottom of the standings this year, but they have stunned the world time and time again, and now sit in seventh place in the standings with 35 points.

Eibar are enjoying yet another spectacularly successful campaign in La Liga, the Basques are in seventh spot and just one point behind sixth-placed Sevilla ahead of their game against Barca on Saturday. Vukasin Jovanovic (knee), Pedro Leon (knee), Paulo Oliveira (muscle) and Fran Rico (knee) have all been ruled out. "Eibar have been on a good run and we are happy to come through with another win". Los Blaugranas remain unbeaten in the competition (W18 D5) after 23 games and it seems no team in the league can stop them at the moment. "They want you to play like they do, they start games well and we will have to adapt to the situation, the size of the pitch and their style above all". Even if we perform very well, it will all depend on how they play.

Gerard Pique is back from injury after sitting out the game against Getafe, while Thomas Vermaelen is doubtful.

The loss was only the second for Eibar in its last 13 matches.

Ousmane Dembele (stomach) is doubtful, but will likely play.

Barcelona is already seven points ahead in the title race and has never previously lost this fixture.

Last weekend saw a typical Atletico Madrid performance: an early goal away to Malaga, followed by 89 minutes of defensive solidity to claim their eighth 1-0 win of the season.

Eibar are riding a four-game undefeated streak, with two draws and two wins.

Eibar have won four of their last five at home. FC Barcelona dropped points against both Espanyol and Getafe.

Their problem is that Barca have the second best - having yielded only two more - while the Catalan club have racked up 26 more goals.

Jordi Alba sealed the win late in the game as he took advantage of space down his flank following the dismissal of Fabian Orellana to fire home a rebound to see Barca come through a fixture that ended up being more hard than they would have liked.

Messi's efforts to get on the scoresheet was frustrated by Dmitrovic this time, who managed to thwarted his intended lob after being feed through by Coutinho.

"I'm happy to score".

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