Barcelona vs Elche Prediction & Match Preview

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Our prediction for this Primera Division match:

Barcelona and Elche square off against each other at Camp Nou in a David-vs-Goliath clash. The Catalan giants are eager to put an end to Real Madrid’s dominance in La Liga, and their fine start to the season is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. New signings Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha have already adapted to the new surroundings, and we are positive that the duo will make life difficult for the opposition back-line.

Lewandowski returns to the starting XI, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, sit in the relegation zone ahead of Matchday 6, and given their shaky defence, anything but an easy home win would be a big surprise. Both Gerard Gumbau and Gonzalo Verdu should miss out with injuries for the away team, with Ezequiel Ponze pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

This match will be played on 17/09/2022 at 16:15

Team News:

Barcelona boss Xavi is again set to have a full squad for this match, with the Catalan outfit not picking up any injuries in the defeat to Bayern in the Champions League.

There are expected to be alterations, though, with Hector Bellerin, Alejandro Balde, Frenkie de Jong and Ferran Torres potentially all coming into the starting side for this match.

Ansu Fati is also under consideration for a start in the final third, while Franck Kessie and Eric Garcia are pushing for spots in the XI, with Xavi having a strong group to choose from at this moment in time.

Robert Lewandowski failed to score against former club Bayern on Wednesday, but he has already netted six La Liga goals this term and will once again lead the Barcelona attack here.

As for Elche, Gonzalo Verdu is still out with a groin problem, while Gerard Gumbau will miss out on the chance to face his former club, having picked up a hamstring problem against Athletic last time out.

Omar Mascarell is also a doubt, having been replaced in the first half of the match with Ernesto Valverde’s side, so there will have to be changes from the team’s last match.

Fidel could come into a midfield position, while there might also be a spot in the XI for Ezequiel Ponce, who found the back of the net off the bench in the defeat to Athletic.

Barcelona vs Elche Head-to-head:

  • The latest encounter ended in a 1-2 win for Barca.
  • They are on a nine-game winning streak.
  • They scored two or more goals in eight of the past nine clashes.
  • The hosts scored three or more goals in every single official meeting at this venue in the past decade.

Barcelona vs Elche Prediction:

Xavi’s men were unbeaten in 18 of their past 20 overall fixtures, and they won four of their past five games. In fact, their only loss in the past few months came against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, in the Champions League.

By all means, Xavi’s men are the overwhelming favorites this weekend against the struggling Elche, who have a 100% losing record, barring a single draw.

Expect a dominant win for Barca this Saturday

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