It is a dramatic derby for Eibar and very important for a Real that yearns to shore up the fifth position in its intention to regain a place in the Europa League. Armeros and txuri urdin wage their most unequal duel since the promotion of the former in 2014 and since that initial confrontation in the highest category decided with a goal from a free-kick. Javi
Lara to Eñaut
Zubikarai that same year. This confrontation is always dog-faced, as is logical, but the striking thing is that up to this moment it has measured two teams not so far apart in the classification. Now there is a gulf between the European Real and Cup champion and this Eibar that, in case of not winning, will have buried almost any option to continue in First.
La Real takes its biggest advantage in history from its territorial rival before a derby, 27 points, which will be 30 in case of obtaining its second consecutive victory. Those of Beg they have been sentenced to death after chaining 15 matches in a row without knowing victory, the last four resulted in bloody defeats. Elche’s victory over Levante (1-0) and Alavés’s equalizer at Mestalla (1-1) leave salvation to seven points for the gunsmiths with 18 to be disputed. They need something similar to a miracle.
Always fierce rival
There are seasons in which, before this game, Eibar was ahead of Real. It happened in the 2017/18 campaign, in which the Ipurua team even finished five points above Real in the final standings. Last year, for example, those of Imanol were ahead of those of Mendilibar in 19 points when they had to face each other on matchday 24. Oyarzabal penalty and Willian
Joseph they were in charge of extending that advantage to 22 points, although at the end of the course that difference was reduced to 14 points by the pájara txuri urdin. It is less than half of what the current ranking says.
Eibar has proven to be a very difficult rival for Real in these seven campaigns of coexistence in the First Division. And the data only corroborate it: the 13 duels fought between San Sebastian and Eibar show a balance of five victories for Real, four draws and four wins for Eibar. The only occasion in which those from Donostia defeated the gunsmiths in Ipurua was last year (1-2).
In the first round match at Anoeta, the result was 1-1, an example of this trend.
The results of Real-Eibar in First
2020/21 Matchday 13 Real Sociedad-Eibar1-1
2019/20 Matchday 24. Eibar-Real Sociedad1-2
2019/20 Matchday 15. Real Sociedad-Eibar4-1
2018/19 Matchday 32 Real Sociedad-Eibar
2018/19 Matchday 3 Eibar-Real Sociedad2-1
2017/18 Matchday 30 Eibar-Real Sociedad0-0
2017/18 Matchday 11 Real Sociedad-Eibar3-1
2016/17 Matchday 25 Real Sociedad-Eibar2-2
2016/17 Matchday 6 Eibar-Real Sociedad2-0
2015/16 Matchday 33 Eibar-Real Sociedad2-1
2015/16 Matchday 14 Real Sociedad-Eibar2-1
2014/15 Matchday20 Real Sociedad-Eibar1-0
2014/15 Matchday 1 Eibar-Real Sociedad1-0
Matches in Primera13
Wins Real Sociedad5