Preview: Barcelona vs Elche – prediction, team news, line-ups

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Sports Mole preview Saturday’s La Liga clash between Barcelona and Elche, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.

Barcelona will look to secure five straight La Liga wins when they continue their domestic campaign at home against an out-of-form player Elche side on Saturday afternoon.

The Catalan side are currently second in the table, two points behind leaders Real Madrid, while Elche are 19th, having picked up just one point in their first five games of the season.


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Since being held to a goalless draw by Rayo Vallecano on the opening weekend of the new campaign, Barcelona have been in fine form in La Liga, recording four straight wins, scoring 15 times in the process and not conceding only once.

A 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on August 21 was followed by a 4-0 win over Real Valladolid, as they also beat Sevilla 3-0 and Cadiz 4-0 in their last two matches. championship, both away. .

Barcelona picked up 13 points from their opening five games of the 2022-23 La Liga campaign, which left them second in the table, two points behind Real Madrid, who got off to a 100% start.

xavierThe team of the team will enter this match after a defeat, having suffered a 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening; it was a largely even game in Munich, but the home side scored twice early in the second half Lucas Hernández and Leroy Sane to ensure victory.

Barcelona will be determined to enter the international break after a positive result, and they have won their last six La Liga games with Elche, including a 3-2 success at Camp Nou last season.

Elche coach Francisco Rodriguez on March 6, 2022© Reuters

Elche are currently in their third consecutive La Liga campaign, finishing 13th in the top flight last term, which turned out to be their best result since 1976-77.

Los Franjiverdes were just four points from the relegation zone last season, a tough one, and they found it difficult at the start of this season, picking up just one point from five games to sit in 19th place.

Elche have scored just twice and conceded 13, which is a worrying stat ahead of a trip to Camp Nou, especially as Barcelona look to bounce back from their European disappointment.

franciscoThe team began their 2022-23 campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Real Betis before earning their first point of the season at home to Almeria a week later.

The green stripes have now lost their last three to Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, conceding eight times in their last two defeats, while scoring 13 goals in their last four visits to Barcelona in the Spanish elite.

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Team News

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong celebrates his goal against Cadiz on September 10, 2022© Reuters

Barcelona boss Xavi is expected to have a full squad again for this game as the Catalan side didn’t suffer any injuries in the Champions League loss to Bayern.

Changes are expected, however, with Hector Bellerin, Alexander Balde, Frankie de Jong and Ferran Torres potentially all entering the starting lineup for this game.

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

Robert Lewandowski failed to score against former club Bayern on Wednesday but has already netted six La Liga goals this season and will lead Barcelona’s attack here again.

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

Omar Mascarell is also doubtful, having been replaced in the first half by Ernesto Valverdeon the side of the team, so there will have to be changes from the team’s last game.

Fidel could come in a midfield position, while there could also be a place in the XI for Ezequiel Poncewho found the back of the net on the bench in the loss to Athletic.

Possible starting formation in Barcelona:
Ter Stegen; Bellerin, Araujo, Koundé, Baldé; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; F Torres, Lewandowski, Dembele

Possible starting line-up from Elche:
badia; Lirola, Roco, Bigas, Mercau; Collado, Fidel; Quina, Ponce, Milla; Boye


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We say: Barcelona 3-0 Elche

Elche only narrowly lost (3-2) at Camp Nou last season, but it’s hard to imagine them causing Barcelona too many problems on Saturday afternoon. The home side’s recent form in the league has been excellent, and we expect them to add three more points here in comfortable fashion.

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