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Barcelona vs Elche Prediction & Match Preview

Barcelona vs Elche Prediction & Match Preview
 




Barcelona

Elche

24 February 2021 19:00 CET La Liga Camp Nou

Following an embarrassing 1-1 draw with Cadiz, Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they take on Elche in a postponed fixture. 

The Catalan outfit failed to turn their dominance into more goals in the draw with the Yellow Submarine, and, as a result, they are now five points behind their bitter rivals Real Madrid in the standings. 

This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Elche.

All Fati, Coutinho, and Sergi Roberto remain in the recovery room, while Araujo is rated doubtful for the match. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Eibar, and they managed to get one thanks to Dani Calvo’s goal. 

The relegation strugglers regained a much-needed confidence, but given the importance of Wednesday’s match for Barcelona, home win should be considered. Ivan Marcone is banned for the visitors.

Barcelona vs Elche Head-to-head

Teams Barcelona Elche played so far 8 matches.
Barcelona won 7 direct matches. Elche won 0 matches. 1 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.13 goals per Match.


Barcelona vs Elche Prediction

Barcelona in actual season average scored 2.17 goals per match. In 17 (94.44%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 14 (77.78%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Elche average scored 0.93 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (38.46%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Koeman continues to make do without a quartet of absentees in Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Ronald Araujo and Sergi Roberto, with none of them expected to return to action for a while.

However, with the weekend's trip to Sevilla - who are on their trail - to take into account, it would be a surprise not to see Koeman freshen things up after an underwhelming week.

Oscar Mingueza and Junior Firpo are options for change in the full-back positions, while Miralem Pjanic, Riqui Puig and Trincao will all hope to earn starts this week too.

Elche coach Escriba will immediately be forced into a midfield change as Ivan Marcone is suspended for an accumulation of bookings, so Omenuke Mfulu could deputise.

Diego Gonzalez, Fidel and Jony Alamo are all expected to sit this one out for the visitors, who could also hand Helibelton Palacios his debut at right-back.

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Paulo Gazzaniga is still waiting for his first appearance for the club, but it is unlikely to come at Camp Nou.

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo; Pjanic, De Jong, Pedri; Trincao, Messi, Griezmann

Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Barragan, Verdu, Calvo, Mojica; Rigoni, Mfulu, Guti, Milla; Carillo, Boye


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