Elche ELC Fidel (44')
1-2 FT
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Barcelona FCB Torres (60'), Depay (Pen 84')
Primera Division Gameweek 27
Mar 6, 2022 KO: 15:15

Elche - Barcelona

Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero Elche
Referee: Alejandro Hernández
Fidel 44'  
  60' Torres
  84' Depay (Pen)

Match preview

Auba to lead the line: How Barcelona will line up against Elche

Barcelona will attempt to maintain their excellent recent form when they face Elche in La Liga on Sunday

In-form Barcelona will attempt to keep their positive momentum going when they face Elche in La Liga on Sunday.

Xavi’s side have been bolstered by the type of January additions that have made form head coach Ronald Koeman jealous, but have taken advantage of these arrivals impressively to launch a bid for a top-four place.

They have won their last four fixtures in a handsome style, winning each of these games by scoring four goals. What is crucial for the Blaugrana at present, though, is simply getting the wins that will allow them to qualify for the Champions League next season.

On Sunday, they will have a strong side at their disposal. In terms of injury problems, only the long-standing complaint of Ansu Fati is genuinely problematic, and he is a player they are well versed to coping without in any case. Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umiti are their other senior professionals who are missing.

With that in mind, there should be few shocks in the starting XI.

The front three will consists entirely of new signings. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will again lead the line, flanked by Adama Traore and Ferran Torres.

Pedri, Sergi Busquets and Frenkie de Jong will patrol the midfield, while the defence will possess extreme amounts of experience. Dani Alves, who has been linked with the possibility of signing a new deal, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are a trio who hark back to Barca’s glory days. Completing the back four will be Ronald Araujo.

There will be no shocks in goal, where Marc-Andre ter Stegen will once again be trusted with the gloves in preference to Neto.

Barcelona will play in their usual 4-3-3 formation.

Elche starting defenders Pedro Bigas and Helibelton Palacios are both sidelined, while there are doubts over Javier Pastore and Ivan Marcone in midfield. Gerard Gumbau is banned.

Possible Barcelona XI vs Elche

Match statistics

Elche
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
10
Draws
4
6
Losses
8
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
26
38
Goals Per Game
1.30
1.90
More > 2.5 Goals
13
12
More > 3 Goals
5
10
Scored First in a Match
7
11
Scored Both Halves
3
9
Won More > 1 Goal
3
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
28
26
Did Not Score
5
3
Both Teams Scored
12
13
Kept Clean Sheet
4
5
Won Without Conceding
3
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
8.40
14
Shots on Target
3.05
4.70
Goals out of Shots
0.21
0.16
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.31
3.00
Penalties
0.05
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.20
0.25
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
15
9.55
Shots on Target Conceded
5.10
3.55
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
14
15
Yellow Cards
2.65
2.15
Red Cards
0.10
0.05

Injuries

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  3. Sprained Ankle image description
  4. Tendon injury image description
  5. Foot Injury image description
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  7. Ankle/Foot Injury image description

Suspended

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