After the International break, league leaders FC Barcelona travel to The Manuel Martinez Valero stadium to take on Elche in the Laliga matchday 27 fixture.
- Elche have failed to win in their last 20 league matches against Blaugrana ( D4 L16), losing each of their last seven matches (the longest winless streak of Elche against Barcelona).
- Barcelona have scored and gone unbeaten in their last 9 visits to Elche in Laliga ( W6 D3).
- Barcelona have won 11 of their last 13 away matches in Laliga ( L2), failing to score in only one of them ( 1-0 defeat to Almeria )
- Barcelona comfortably sit on top of the league table with a 12-point gap while Elche battling relegation at the 20th place collecting just 13 points in 26 matches.
During the International break, Andreas Christensen suffered an injury forcing FC Barcelona to enter this fixture without their most consistent defender this season.
Alongside Christensen, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie De Jong suffer injuries to their Hamstring and are out of the matchday squad. However, Ousmane Dembele is recovering well from his injury and already started training in the field.
Pedri suffered a relapse in his recovery and therefore the Spanish midfielder misses this match as well.
Raphinha is out of the matchday squad due to suspension and The Blaugrana face Elche later on today without their most influential attacker after Robert Lewandowski.
E.Roco (Hamstring), P.Diop (Suspended), and L.Boye (Suspended) are the absentees from Elche.
Sergi Roberto, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso, and Alejandro Balde will occupy the defense while Marc Andre Ter Stegen will be the usual in-between the sticks.
Gavi, Frank Kessie, and Sergio Busquets are expected to start at the midfield
Due to the suspension of Raphinha, Ferran Torres is expected to start at RW while Ansu Fati and Robert Lewandowski are expected to fill up the remaining two slots at the attack.
What is your score prediction for today’s match?
Can FC Barcelona extend their lead at the top or can Elche do the impossible and take points away from FC Barcelona?