Elche will be welcoming Barcelona for the La Liga fixture at 8:45 PM IST on Sunday at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. The hosts have acquired the 18th spot with 17 points while the visitors have occupied the third spot with 34 points.
Elche played 17 matches out which they won three, lost six games and had a draw on eight occasions. On the other hand, Barcelona also had 18 matches, they won ten games, lost and drew four games each.
Elche has struggled to match up the standards of the Spanish top-flight this season. The home team had a 2-2 draw against Real Valladolid last weekend and will have to bring their A-game to play Barcelona.
After an ordinary start, Barcelona has recovered and gained a suitable place in the La Liga standings. Barcelona are 10 points behind the table-toppers Atletico Madrid and cannot afford to lose a match anymore.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, Barcelona clearly has the upper hand as they beat Elche in six games on seven occasions. The last encounter between the two teams took place in September last year and Barcelona came out victorious with a margin of 1-0.
Elche to miss the services of Fidel in their upcoming game against Barcelona. Luismi, Tete Morente, Guido Carrillo, Dani Calvo, and Omenuke Mfulu are also carrying knocks and are unlikely to play this weekend.
Barcelona will move ahead in this game without Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati, and Sergi Roberto as they are currently injured. Lionel Messi has been handed a two-match ban and won’t be featured in their squad.