Our betting experts at Ace Football preview the La Liga match between Elche and Barcelona. Keep reading to get the latest team news, stats and betting tips.
Bookmakers favour Barcelona to win against Elche in their next La Liga match. This takes place on Saturday with the hosts in decent form, and a win seems quite likely. Naturally, Elche will put up a fight at the Estadio Martinez Valero, though.
Barcelona have taken the lead in the La Liga after collecting 68 points from their initial 26 encounters. Elche trail them by 13 points after 26 rounds, leaving them as number 20 in the table.
Team form: Elche vs Barcelona
They came away from their last three matches with four points, as Elche beat Mallorca 0-1, followed by a 1-1 draw against Real Valladolid. Most recently, they were left licking their wounds in a 2-0 defeat against Real Sociedad. Elche just have a single home win to show from their efforts in the past six La Liga matches at the Estadio Martinez Valero. They also drew two and lost three of these six encounters, in which they scored seven and conceded eight goals.
Barcelona are in awesome shape going into this next encounter, as they won their last three matches on the bounce. Valencia got left behind in a 1-0 win, before Athletic Bilbao got hammered in a 0-1 victory. Real Madrid was the most recent victim in a 2-1 win for Barcelona. In their last six La Liga away matches, Barcelona claimed a full handful of five wins. They’ve drawn none but in stead lost once, scoring six whilst conceding two times.
Betting stats and facts for Elche and Barcelona
Here are some interesting betting-relevant facts based on the data from the last couple of matches that Elche and Barcelona played across all competitions.
- Elche have conceded in 20 of the last 22 home matches
- Elche have not won 13 of the last 15 home matches
- Elche have conceded in 13 of the last 15 matches
- Elche have not won 10 of the last 12 matches
- In 4 of the last 5 home matches Elche played, both teams scored
- Barcelona have scored in 27 of the last 29 matches
- Barcelona have not lost 21 of the last 23 matches
- Barcelona have won 13 of the last 15 away matches
- Barcelona have won the last 3 matches in a row without conceding a goal
- In 12 of the last 13 Barcelona matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
In-form players: Elche vs Barcelona
Look no further than Lucas Boye, when searching for a marksman currently in good shape. He hit the target twice lately for Elche in the La Liga, while Sergi Roberto managed two goals in the last half dozen matches for Barcelona in this tournament. No doubt, both are looking to add to their total once again.
Popular betting markets: Elche vs Barcelona
Estadio Martinez Valero saw Elche winning two, drawing two and losing six of their 10 most recent games here across all tournaments. Barcelona won eight of their 10 most recent away games, drew zero and lost two. Barcelona have not lost to Elche in 4 consecutive home meetings.
Both teams to score
Elche scored the first goal of the match in five games from a possible ten. Impressively, Barcelona scored the first goal in eight out of previous ten games. Barcelona have kept their opponents from scoring six times in their previous 10 matches. Meanwhile, Elche have been able to keep a clean sheet in one of their last 10 games. Barcelona have scored in 3 consecutive meetings with Elche when playing at away ground.
Elche saw over 2.5 goals in four of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 0.9 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in four of the last ten outings for Barcelona, who managed to score 1.4 times in those matches.
Recommended tip: Elche vs Barcelona
To sum up, the upcoming match between Elche and Barcelona seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this La Liga game.