Suarez, Alba strike as Barcelona prepare for Chelsea by edging past Eibar

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"We really suffered, because they are in great form", said Valverde.

The La Liga match between Eibar and Barcelona will be broadcast live on beIN Sports.

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.

Barcelona broke its mini-skid of back-to-back draws to remain unbeaten in the Spanish league through 24 rounds and extend its advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid to 10 points.

The hosts were not deterred by the red card as they dominated the proceedings with 15 minutes as they pushed for an equaliser.

Luckily for Barca fans - and football lovers in general - Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are sure-fire choices and are rarely dropped, even when a crucial fixture like Tuesday's game against Chelsea awaits. It was the Argentine's glorious ball which paved the way for Suarez's opener to temporarily flatten the Ipurua crowd.

Barcelona travel to seventh-placed Eibar on Saturday afternoon in what could pose to be a hard afternoon for the Catalan side.

However, in the 66th minute they were sent down to ten men after Orellana received his second yellow card for dissent after he punched the ball away after Diop was penalised for a challenge on Sergio Busquets.

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

Ernesto Valverde's side are seven points clear ahead of this weekends trip to face Eibar.

"Last week Coutinho started, and this week it was Iniesta", the coach added.

In total, Messi has 20 league goals - he's also hit the woodwork 15 times, including once against Eibar - and Suarez has 17.

Jose Angel Valdes, Ivan Ramis and Kike all came close to opening the scoring before Suarez finally struck.

Barca were looking to kill off the game early on in the second period, after Suarez met a delivery from Messi at the back-post, but he could only find the side-netting. Five of those victories were 1-0, including each of the last two.

They were given an almighty fright by lowly Alaves - who recorded their first ever win at Camp Nou the previous season - who led 1-0 in the Catalan capital for over 50 minutes before two late goals saw Barcelona triumph in controversial fashion.

Yet to taste defeat in either La Liga or the Champions League, Barcelona appear to be coping just fine without Neymar. Eibar's intensity and fighting spirit was revived as they had the upper hand over the league leaders.

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