Barcelona has been through a rough couple of days following a hurtful loss against Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions League and a late draw with Cadiz in the league. Now they'll have a mid-week match corresponding to a postponed first round clash from La Liga 2020-2021 season.
Ronald Koeman's squad is living difficult days as they are struggling in the local tournament and are on the verge of a Champions League exit. However, this game against Elche looks as a good opportunity for Barca to start the recovery.
The visitors, on the other hand, looks as the underdogs in this game. Elche finds themselves at relegation positions and avoiding to drop to the second-tier seems as their only possible goal. Take a look at the predictions, odds and even how to watch this game in the US.
Barcelona vs Elche: Match Information
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona vs Elche: Time by State in the US
ET: 1:00 PM
CT: 12:00 PM
MT: 11:00 AM
PT: 10:00 AM
Barcelona vs Elche: Storylines
Facing Barcelona always seems like a big task, no matter the Catalans current form. This is probably one of the worst times for the club in the last years, as they aren't even close to the top of the league.
That being said, the differences between these teams are obvious. Despite how the Blaugranas are performing or how bad they've played recently, they still have one of the best squads in La Liga, way better than their next rivals.
Elche are struggling to escape from the bottom positions in their first season at the top-flight after last year's promotion from the second division. After an awful record of 16 consecutive games without a victory, former manager Jorge Almiron left and Elche finally won in their latest game against Eibar.
Even though Barca's form this season isn't great, they hold an impressive record against Elche: Barcelona haven't lost in the last 16 matches against them, and neither receive any goal in the last nine.
Barcelona vs Elche: La Liga 2020-2021 Standings
Barcelona are sitting at the fourth place at the moment, with the chance to put third if they get the three points in this match. Elche, on the other hand, is currently at the 18th position, but with two games less than their competitors. Snatching at least a point would give them fresh air to exit relegation zone.
Barcelona vs Elche: La Liga 2020-21 Top Scorers
Barcelona: Lionel Messi (16)
Elche: Lucas Boyé, Josan and Fidel Chaves de la Torre (4)
How to watch or live stream Barcelona vs Elche in the US
The game between Barcelona and Elche for the first round of La Liga 2020-21 will be broadcasted in the US by Fanatiz, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS en Español.
Barcelona vs Elche: Predictions and Odds
If there's any doubt regarding Barcelona's high possibilities to win this game, the odds give a clear statement about who are expected to get the triumph. FanDuel clearly see Barca as favourites as they have given -850 odds to the Catalans to win the match. On the other side, an Elche triumph would result in an impressive +1800 payout, while a tie would mean +750.
*Odds via FanDuel