Elche is going head to head with Barcelona starting on 1 Apr 2023 at 19:00 UTC at Estadio Martínez Valero stadium, Elche city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga.
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NAME: Elche – Barcelona
DATE: 1 Apr 2023
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Estadio Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain
Elche are currently rooted to the bottom of the La Liga standings and have struggled to cope with the rigours of the top flight this season. The home side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad last week and will need to work hard to bounce back in this fixture.
Barcelona, on the other hand, are at the top of the league table at the moment and have been in impressive form on the domestic front. The Catalan giants secured a crucial 2-1 victory against arch-rivals Real Madrid in their previous game and will look to take it up a notch this weekend.
Barcelona will be looking to open up a 15-point lead at the top of the La Liga table when they travel to bottom-of-the-division Elche on Saturday night.
The visitors entered the international break off the back of a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid at Camp Nou, while Elche suffered a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad, which left them rock bottom on 13 points.
Indeed, a record of two wins, seven draws and 17 defeats from 26 matches has seen the strugglers collect just 13 points, which has left them rooted to the bottom of the table entering the final straight.
Elche are 14 points behind 17th-placed Espanyol, so while it is not impossible to stay in the league, it is very difficult to imagine the team picking up the points required to complete what would be a great escape.
Los Franjiverdes are in their third straight campaign at this level of football, which is actually their best run in Spain’s top flight since the late 1970s, while a recent revival saw them collect four points from matches against Mallorca and Real Valladolid towards the start of March.
Elche suffered a 2-0 defeat at Real Sociedad before the international break, though, which proved to be Pablo Machin’s last game as head coach, with Sebastian Beccacece now in charge; the 42-year-old has become the team’s fourth manager of the campaign, and this will be his first experience of coaching in Spain.
Barcelona actually fell behind against Real Madrid last time out, with an own goal from Ronald Araujo sending the champions into the lead, but Sergi Roberto levelled the scores late in the first period, before Franck Kessie won it for Barcelona in the second minute of added time at the end of the 90.
The Clasico success moved Xavi’s side 12 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid at the top of the table, and it is very difficult to imagine them relinquishing control of first position in the closing stages of the season.
Barcelona’s league form this season has been stunning – winning 22, drawing two and losing two of their 26 matches, scoring 49 times and conceding just nine; they have been comfortably the best team in Spain’s top flight this term and are well on course to win the title.
There has again been disappointment in Europe this season, exiting both the Champions League and Europa League, but the Catalan outfit won the Spanish Super Cup in January and are chasing more success in both La Liga and the Copa del Rey, where they are in the semi-finals.
Barcelona will host Real Madrid for the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final next week, holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Bernabeu, so they are in a strong position to make the final.
Blaugrana have won each of their last seven La Liga games against Elche, including a 3-0 success when the two teams locked horns for the reverse match in the middle of September.
Barcelona are currently the favourites to win the La Liga title and have carved out a 12-point lead over Real Madrid. Robert Lewandowski is in the midst of a slight slump at the moment and will look to return to his lethal best this weekend.
Elche have been in poor form this season and will have a mountain to climb this season. Barcelona are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.
The Clasico victory over Real Madrid before the international break put Barça 12 points clear at the top of La Liga as goals from Sergi Roberto and Franck Kessie defeated their great rivals.
There’s a massive 55 points separating Xavi’s side from 20th-placed Elche. The Alicante club sacked coach Pablo Machin after a 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad left them 14 points adift of safety. Sebastian Beccacece is the new boss in the dugout, becoming Elche’s fourth manager of the season.
New Elche boss Beccacece is without the suspended duo of Pape Cheikh and Lucas Boye to add to some pretty considerable injury issues.
Jony Alamo, Randy Nteka and Enzo Roco are all sidelined, while Lisandro Magallan has a thigh injury which could also see him miss out. John Nwankwo also has a leg problem and may not be fit in time.
Barça are also struggling with some injuries to key squad members. Ousmane Dembele is still recovering from a muscle injury, while Andreas Christensen and Pedri will also be absent on Saturday night.
Raphinha is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards, while late calls will be made on the fitness of Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong, though the former isn’t expected to be available.