Barcelona vs Elche 01/08/2015 Copa Del Rey Preview, Odds and Prediction
Elche vs Barcelona
Thursday 8th January 2015 21:00(GMT)
The Line: Barcelona Draw Elche See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5, Bein Sports
With Barcelona in Turmoil this may be the best time for Elche to take on the Catalan Giants. Barcelona have sacked Zubizarate, lost Carlos Puyol as well as he stepped down from his role as Zubizarate's number two. Additionally rumours abound about Messi and Enrique not on speaking terms , which wasn't helped by the Argentine's relegation to the bench for the 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad at the weekend. These rumours have been quashed by Enrique saying this morning that there were no truth in the rumours however all is not right at the Nou Camp. With Neymar, Xavi, Iniest, Suarez and Messi though they have genuine world class players and should be able to overcome bottom of the table Elche with little fuss.
Do Elche stand a chance on Thursday night? Probably not but this one is impossible for me to handicap. With the rumours circulating around Barcelona it is a tough spot to get a good line. Elche have some talent in there side Jonathas has seven goals this term and is one of the few bright sparks about this season. Herrera and Adrian will provide outlets from midfield but will Elche have enough chances to hurt Barcelona?
Because this one is in the Nou Camp I am going to take Barcelona to win by more than 2, Suarez and Neymar can take the lead here even if Messi is rested again. The home crowd at the Nou Camp will be vocal and supportive and I think Barcelona will come out and put in a big performance here to try to quash any more rumours of unrest in the camp.