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Eibar vs. Real Madrid: Can David stun Goliath again?

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As La Liga resumes again, little Eibar face their stiffest test of their debut season.

In what is surely the finest moment in their history, the tiny Ipurua stadium (capacity just over 5,000) will host the current league leaders, and European Champions, Real Madrid. It is a David vs. Goliath match of quite epic proportions.

Difference

In James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real have three players that each earn more annually than the entire sporting budget of their hosts. Both teams are genuine polar opposites, there can be no tangible comparison made between either side. But therein is the beauty of football.

When both teams take to the field, it's 11 v 11 and Eibar certainly won't pay their illustrious visitors any respect whatsoever. As they've already shown in spades this season, they're willing to fight for every ball, run themselves into the ground, and leave everything on the pitch - win, lose or draw.

It's a way of playing that has won Eibar many admirers already during this campaign. Not content with just scraping by each week, this team of work horses has set about setting their stall out from the get-go. Playing their own brand of football with aplomb.

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It's certainly surprised a few teams, not least neighbours Real Sociedad who pitched up on the opening day of the season and were sent packing with their tails between their legs.

Even the mighty Barcelona could've gone behind at the Camp Nou before eventually taking the game away from Eibar as they tired. Home advantage may prove crucial as Eibar seek to produce quite possibly one of the biggest shocks that La Liga will have ever seen.

Comparison

Don't bet against it happening either. Mention of the word Alcorcon to any Madridista will have them running for cover. The Copa Del Rey match up from a few years ago is possibly the closest comparison one can make to this weekends fixture.

The lowly third division regional side took a lacklustre Los Blancos side to the cleaners by 4-0 at their place, and then managed to keep Real at bay, eventually succumbing to a 1-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The result is the worst in Real's history and many concluded at the time that the club and it's players had totally the wrong attitude beforehand. They say lightning doesn't strike twice but you take Eibar lightly at your peril. Might history repeat itself?

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James Rodriguez
Karim Benzema
Toni Kroos
Cristiano Ronaldo
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Gareth Bale

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