class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Barca cannot afford any more slip-ups in the La Liga title race and our tipster is backing them to record a big win against their struggling opponents
Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side welcome Elche to Camp Nou on Wednesday in a rearranged fixture from matchday one in La Liga.
The Blaugrana will be aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of drawing 1-1 at home to Cadiz on Sunday, having also convincingly been beaten in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last week by Paris Saint-Germain.
Elche, though, ended a 16-match winless streak at the weekend by beating Eibar 1-0 in manager Fran Escriba’s first match back for his second spell in charge.
Barcelona vs Elche Latest Odds
Escriba’s team are huge outsiders for the visit to Catalonia, but the relegation-threatened side will take heart from seeing how fellow strugglers have been able to claim results at Camp Nou this season.
Indeed, both Eibar and Cadiz have claimed 1-1 draws away to Barca in recent weeks and another stalemate is priced at 8/1 (9.00) with bet365.
The hosts are offered at 1/8 (1.12) while an away win can be backed at 18/1 (19.00).
Barcelona vs Elche Team News
Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Sergi Roberto are all out for Barca, while Ronald Araujo is a major doubt at centre-back.
The visitors are missing Fidel Chaves, Jony Alamo and Diego Gonzalez.
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Now eight points off the top of La Liga, there is a real need for Barca to bounce back quickly following an incredibly disappointing previous week.
The draw at home to Cadiz on Sunday was made all the worse because leaders Atletico Madrid had lost for only the second time this season and the Catalans missed a rare chance to close the gap.
A win on Wednesday would put Barca to within five points of the top and Elche could find themselves in for a long night, especially considering that Koeman’s men eased past their opponents 2-0 in the reverse fixture just last month.
The hosts recorded a 5-1 home league win over another relegation-threatened side in Alaves two weeks ago, and backing them to get among the goals once again could be the best way forward.
Barcelona vs Elche Tips and Predictions
Barcelona to win and over 3.5 goals in the game is priced at 10/11 (1.91).
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The Catalans are the top scorers in the division and have more than enough firepower to record a high scoring win against one of the poorest sides in the division, with this looking like the best way to invest in a home win.
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