Barcelona vs Elche
WED 24 FEB 2021 – KO 18:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
On Wednesday evening it’s Barcelona vs Elche in a fixture that would typically be a one-sided affair. However, given Barca’s recent woes, brave punters might fancy Elche to spring a surprise.
It’s fair to say that FC Barcelona are experiencing what football pundits call a ‘Transitional Period’. The team is ageing out in critical positions, and the younger players have yet to establish themselves, causing the club to suffer a string of strange results.
Kylian Mbappe recently went on the rampage in the Nou Camp last week, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 win for French side PSG. In Barca’s last La Liga game, they drew 1-1 with unfancied Cadiz CF. Poor performances in the league have left Ronald Koeman’s side eight points adrift of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table. Not to mention that Savilla knocked them out of the Copa de Ray in January.
Typically, relegation candidates, Elche would not trouble Barcelona. However, given Koeman’s sides wretched run of results, punters will not be 100% confident in backing Barca to win. The last meeting between the two clubs ended in a 0-2 win for Blaugrana. I think Barca will win this match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Elche hung on for a draw.
A trip to the Nou Camp is the last place a team in the relegation zone wants to visit. Yet, this might be the best time for struggling Elche to take on the Catalan Giants. Barcelona fluffed their lines in the last home game against Cadiz, and Koeman’s side will be nervous heading into the game.
No one expects Elche to win, but a draw is not out of the question. Elche comes into the game on the back of a decent win against Eibar and a draw against Villarreal. A point against Barcelona would lift Elche out of the relegation zone and provide some breathing room for Fran Escribá’s team.
Punters who fancy taking a risk can get 7/1 on the draw. Barcelona is 1/7 on for the victory, and you can get 16/1 on Elche pulling off the impossible. My preference is to back the UNDER 2.5 goals; Boylesport is offering a healthy 23/10 on the game-ending under 2.5.
Barcelona will be without Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati.
Elche injuries include: Diego Gonzalez Polanco, Fidel, Jony Álamo and Gerard Barri.