Barcelona hosts Elche in round 1 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 24th at Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Barcelona is confidently aiming for failure in another season. The team either already failed in all tournaments or is very close to it. The Catalans had real chances of winning the Super Cup, but there everything was decided in some minutes. Barca conceded the equalizer from Athletic Bilbao in the very ending, and then Iñaki Williams delivered the decisive shot in the extra time. Formally, the Catalans have some chances in the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. But they need to win back after a 0-2 defeat to Sevilla in the cup, and there was a 1-4 home loss to PSG in the international arena. And let’s recall that Koeman's charges allowed Cadiz to score an equalizer at Camp Nou on Saturday (1:1).
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Elche recently decided to change its coach. The Argentinian Jorge Almiron, whom the new owner of the club was trusting, could not overcome the protracted crisis of his charges for a long time. As a result, the management ran out of patience and replaced him with Fran Escriba in February. He is a local specialist with a rather controversial reputation. By the way, he had already headed Elche in 2012-2015. And on Saturday, his team's losing streak was finally interrupted. Calvo's goal in the 33rd minute was the only one in the Saturday match against Eibar. Thus, Elche scored 21 points and caught up with the Gunsmiths. Formally, the newcomer to LaLiga is still 18th, but it has two games in reserve. Elche gained its last victory on January 6th, but it happened in the cup. There have been no victories in LaLiga since October 23rd. Will this success inspire the Green-striped ones for new feats? Truth be told, the schedule will be very complicated: after Barcelona, Elche will have to play against Granada, Sevilla (twice), and Real Madrid.
The teams held seven official matches, and Elche never scored against the grandee. There was only one goalless draw, while the rest of the games brought comfortable victories to the Catalans. A month ago, on January 24th, Barca gained a 2:0 win on the road. Now the hosts are simply obliged to win confidently. We recommend betting on Messi and the company with a -2 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Barcelona to win with -2.0 handicap