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Elche vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview


Elche vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Elche vs Barcelona
Spain La Liga
Date: Sunday, 24 January 2021
Kick-Off at 15.15 UK
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Elche.

David faces Goliath at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero as Elche and Barcelona go head to head in the La Liga round 20. 

Barca head into the match following a heart-breaking loss to Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup final, but Ronald Koeman’s troops are still seen as hot favourites to win Sunday’s clash. 

Leo Messi misses the match through suspension following his sending off in the Super Cup final, but Koeman has a number of high-profile players to choose from.

Elche, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding seven goals in total in the previous three games in all competitions. 

Seeing that boss Jorge Almiron has a number of selection worries ahead of the visit of Barca, we are tempted to put our money on the Messi-less visitors. 

In their last meeting at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero Barcelona crushed Elche 6-0.

Elche vs Barcelona Head-to-head

Teams Elche Barcelona played so far 7 matches.
Elche won 0 direct matches. Barcelona won 6 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.29 goals per Match.

Elche vs Barcelona Prediction

Elche in actual season average scored 0.95 goals per match. In 8 (72.73%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (36.36%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.21 goals per match in season 2021. In 10 (71.43%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Ivan Marcone was suspended for Elche's 2-2 drawn with Valladolid on Tuesday night, but the midfielder is available for this weekend's contest and should return to the starting XI.

The home side still have a number of injury problems, though, with Luismi, Dani Calvo, Omenuke Mfulu, Guido Carrillo and Fidel all unavailable for selection against the Catalan giants.

There are not expected to be many surprises in Elche's XI, with Lucas Boye again set to lead the line, but Diego Gonzalez is pushing for a spot in the side, which could see Antonio Barragan switch to a wing-back role.

As for Barca, an appeal against Messi's two-game suspension has been dismissed, meaning that the Argentine, who was sent off against Athletic in the Spanish Super Cup, is banned for this match.

Sergino Dest is also a huge doubt with a thigh problem, while Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati remain unavailable for selection this weekend.

Oscar Mingueza is set for another start at right-back, while Messi's absence could open the door for Martin Braithwaite to feature alongside Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele in the final third of the field.

Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Verdu, Gonzalez, Josema; Barragan, Marcone, Guti, Mojica; Rigoni, Boye, Josan

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Pedri, Dembele; Braithwaite.