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The La Liga tie at Estadio Camp Nou on Wednesday will see home side Barcelona play against Elche CF.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Barcelona v Elche CF are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Barcelona enter this match coming off the back of a 1-1 La Liga tied result versus Cádiz.
In that game, Barcelona had 81% possession and 21 attempts on goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Barcelona was Lionel Messi (32'). Cádiz got 3 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
Fixtures featuring Barcelona have usually been lively encounters recently with plenty of scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past six clashes alone, a total of 28 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 4.67 goals per game) with 15 of these accredited to Barça. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
Ahead of this meeting, Barcelona are undefeated in their last 9 home league matches. A very good run at home.
Elche CF go into this match after a 1-0 La Liga win to beat Eibar in their last game.
In that match, Elche CF had 48% possession and 6 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Elche CF was Dani Calvo (33'). Eibar got 13 shots on goal with 3 on target.
The numbers tell their own story, and Elche CF have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 10 goals in all. At the back, Los Franjiverdes seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Coming into this fixture, Elche CF haven’t won away from home in the past 8 matches in the league. What a terrible run of away results.
Head to head
A review of past results between these clubs going back to 11/05/2014 tells us that these encounters have not been good ones for Elche CF. They have not been able to register any victories at all while Barcelona have remained in the ascendancy, getting wins in 83% of those matches.
20 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 20 of them from Barça and 0 being from Los Franjiverdes. That is an average goals per game value of 3.33.
The last league meeting between the two was La Liga match day 20 on 24/01/2021 which ended up with the score at Elche CF 0-2 Barcelona.
On that day, Elche CF managed 34% possession and 4 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Barcelona had 15 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Frenkie de Jong (39') and Riqui Puig (89') scored.
The match was refereed by Valentín Pizarro Gómez.
Team News: Barcelona
Ronald Araújo (Sprained ankle), Ansu Fati (Mensical Laceration), Sergi Roberto (Muscle Injury), Philippe Coutinho (Rupture of Outer Meniscus) and Moussa Wagué (Patella rupture) aren’t available for Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.
Team News: Elche CF
From a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only the lone fitness problem for the Elche CF manager Jorge Almiron to contend with. Fidel (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
We feel that Barcelona have it within them to be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
At the same time, Elche CF could well find it tough finding the net themselves although we do think that they will probably end up pulling one back during this clash, too.
We’re therefore expecting to see a comfortable 3-1 margin for Barcelona after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Camp Nou (99,354)
Captain: Lionel Messi
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Competitions: La Liga position 3, Copa del Rey (Semi-Finals), Supercopa (Final), Champions League (Last 16)
🔑 Key Player: Lionel Messi
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, Argentina. After making a first senior appearance for Barcelona in the 2004 - 2005 season, the skilful Forward has got 15 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season so far coming from a total of 20 appearances.