On September 17, at the Camp Nou stadium in the 6th round of the Spanish Primera, Barcelona will play against Elche. The fight is scheduled to start at 14:15 GMT.
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La Liga 2022-23
Bayern Munich once again proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for Barcelona, with two goals in four minutes of the second half dooming the Spanish club to a (0-2) defeat in the Champions League.
Boss Xavi has lamented his team’s “lack of performance” but there is potential for immediate redemption as the boss knows a ninth straight win over Elche will temporarily lift them to the top of La Liga.
Despite this defeat in the Champions League, the Catalans can be sure of themselves thanks to an impressive start in the league with their four wins in the last four games.
Each of these victories saw Barcelona score at least three goals while conceding just one, perhaps highlighting how effective they are, at least in domestic games.
Elche last started in the big leagues with just a point after five games, but perhaps some unlikely consolation is just around the corner, as in one of those two games.
After a group of fans stormed the Elche training session on Tuesday demanding a reaction, there is now pressure on manager Francisco Rodriguez to improve his previous record against Xavi-managed Barcelona teams.
It would take an instant improvement at both ends of the pitch to achieve a shocking result, given that Elche have lost their last two away games 0-7 on aggregate.
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Players to watch
Frenkie de Jong scored Barcelona’s first goal in La Liga’s last match and has three goals in his career against Elche.
He could prove to be a difficult client for Elche goalkeeper Edgar Badia, who has conceded ten goals in four games against Barcelona.
Head to Head
Barcelona have an impressive record against Elche and have won 26 of the 46 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Elche’s eight wins. Away in 1974.
Elche are winless in their last five matches in La Liga and have lost their last three games in the competition – their longest losing steak since 2014.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 17, 2022
|Barcelona win 1.09||Draw 14.00||Elche win 31.00|
Barcelona have grown in stature under Xavi this season and have built a great squad this season. Players like Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele could be active in this match.
Elche has been in a bad shape so far and will need to play to his limits to have a chance in this match. Barcelona is currently the best team in this game.
Prediction for this match: Barcelona win with a handicap (-2.5) goals.
- Barcelona will not concede in this match.