Barcelona will have the opportunity to move to the top of the La Liga standings on Saturday, as victory against Elche will move them ahead of Real Madrid. Barcelona’s league form at the start of this term has been very strong, as they have picked up four victories on the bounce. Elche come into this fixture still looking for a first win of the season.
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These two sides couldn’t be in more contrasting form coming into this fixture. Barcelona are on a strong run of domestic form, as they have won four from five, while Elche are one of two sides in the Spanish top-flight that are still searching for a first victory of the season.
The Catalonian giants have home advantage this weekend, as they look to bounce back from their Champions League defeat in Germany in midweek. Barcelona’s last league fixture was a very commanding victory against Cadiz.
Frenkie de Jong opened the scoring in that big win, before Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, and Ousmane Dembele completed the scoring. All four of the Barcelona goals in that victory were scored in the second half.
This looks set to be a very daunting challenge for Elche this weekend, as they are still looking for their first victory of the new season. Elche has scored just two goals in five fixtures so far this term, and they have allowed 13 goals in the games that they have played.
The visitors this weekend were easily beaten in their last league fixture, as they were hammered 4-1 at home by Athletic Bilbao. If they have any chance of picking up anything from this fixture, then they will need to be more resolute in defence.
Barcelona vs Elche Head to Head
Barcelona’s record in this fixture is incredibly strong, as they have gone 14 without loss against their rivals this weekend. The last win that Elche recorded in this fixture in La Liga came way back in December 1974. Barcelona are also unbeaten in 23 home league fixtures against Elche.
Barcelona vs Elche Prediction
The stats don’t look good for Elche this weekend, and it looks incredibly hard to give them much of a chance of claiming the points on the road. Therefore, we expect Barcelona to take the points with a commanding advantage in front of their home fans.
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