Elche 3-8-6, Barcelona 10-4-4
1/24/21 10:15 am
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Elche is welcoming Barcelona to Estadio Martinez Valero in round 20 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Elche is not doing well this season, and they have won only 1 of their last 8 games. Elche has scored only 16 goals in 17 games so far, but they have been decent on the defensive end with 23 conceded goals. Elche is in 18th place with 17 points, which is in the relegation zone. In their last LaLiga game, Elche was playing against Valladolid on the road, and they have had only 38% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 5 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 79% of the correct passes. Despite being a much weaker team in this game, Elche was leading 0-2 at half time, but Valladolid scored 2 goals in the second half, and this game ended in a 2-2 draw. Fidel and Josan have each scored 4 goals for Elche, while Boye added 3 goals. Morente, Fidel, and Carillo are all injured, while Mfulu and Calvo are still questionable for this game. Elche is just a weak team, but they are close to safety, and the competition at the bottom of the table is strong, and without the offense, I’m not sure Elche can stay in LaLiga.
Barcelona has been playing well as of late, and Messi was in decent form, but they have lost in the Spanish Super Cup against Bilbao in the finals, after the extra time. Barcelona was solid in that game with 67% of ball possession, 4 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a high 90% of the correct passes. Barcelona was leading twice in this game, 1-0 and 2-1, but they conceded a goal in the 90th minute, and the game went to overtime. Just 3 minutes after, Bilbao has scored another goal, and they have won this game, and the Spanish Super Cup. As the game was coming to an end, Messi has conceded a red card, which is why he will miss this game for Barcelona. Fati, Pique, and Roberto will also miss this game because of an injury. Messi has scored 11 goals and added 2 assists for Barcelona, while Griezmann is slowly waking up, and now has 5 goals and 4 assists. Barcelona is now in 4th place in the standings with 34 points, 37 scored goals, and 17 conceded goals, and they are now 10 points away from the top, and it will be really hard to get there. Barcelona is playing well, they have good chemistry, but they need to improve on the defensive end, a lot. I don’t think Barcelona will win the LaLiga title this season, but they could get far in the Champions League if they can improve on the defensive end.
Elche has won only 1 game at home this season, and they have never beaten Barcelona in the past. Barcelona has won their last 5 games on the road. Elche is far, far, far away from Barcelona, and I just don’t see them getting a point here. I’m taking Barcelona and goals here.