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FC Barcelona vs Elche CF: Match Preview and Predicted Lineups

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The upcoming weekend will however see the continuation of the 2022-23 La Liga season. Meanwhile, Elche CF and Xavi’s FC Barcelona facing off in a crucial match at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on Saturday.

Elche’s position at the bottom of the table makes this game a crucial one for the team as they try to avoid relegation. In their last game against Real Sociedad, Elche however failed to score and lost 2-0. The team will also need to improve their performance if they want to secure any points against FC Barcelona.

FC Barcelona on the other hand have been in fine form in the league this season. They currently sit at the top of the table with 65 points from 29 games. Also, they are coming off a crucial 2-1 victory against arch-rivals Real Madrid in their previous game. Hence, they will be looking to continue their winning run against Elche. But the absence of Ronald Araujo and few others might prove to be costly.

FC Barcelona

Goalkeepers

Marc-André ter Stegen, Iñaki Peña, Arnau Tenas

Defenders

Ronald Araújo, Jules Koundé, Andreas Christensen, Eric García, Alejandro Balde, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto

Midfielders

Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Franck Kessié, Pablo Torre

Forwards

Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, Ousmane Dembélé, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski

Elche CF

Goalkeepers

Édgar Badía, Axel Werner

Defenders

Lisandro Magallán, Enzo Roco, Diego González, Pedro Bigas, Gonzalo Verdú, John Donald, Lautaro Blanco, Nicolás Fernández Mercau, Carlos Clerc, José Ángel Carmona, Pol Lirola, Helibelton Palacios

Midfielders

Omar Mascarell, Gerard Gumbau, Raúl Guti, Pape Cheikh, Randy Nteka

Forwards

Pere Milla, Tete Morente, Fidel, Álex Collado, Josan, Lucas Boyé, Ezequiel Ponce

Predicted Playing XI

Despite FC Barcelona leading the table, Elche might produce a shock. Here are some predicted lineups for the match even though it might widely differ.

FC Barcelona

Marc-André ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso, Alejandro Balde, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Gavi,Ferran Torres, Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati

Elche CF

Edgar Badia; Jose Carmona, Heliberton Palacios, Gonzalo Verdu; Pedro Bigas, Carlos Clerc; Pere Milla, Omar Mascarell, Gerard Gumbau; Fidel, Ezequiel Ponce

Match Details

Match: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Date: Sunday, 2 April, 12:30 AM

Venue: Manuel Martínez Valero

Nevertheless, FC Barcelona are currently the front-runners to clinch the La Liga title. Since, they have already established a comfortable 12-point lead over their arch-rivals Real Madrid. However, Robert Lewandowski has been going through a bit of a dry spell recently. But the Polish striker will be eager to rediscover his goal-scoring touch in the upcoming match.

Meanwhile, Elche has struggled to perform well in the current La Liga season and will face a tough task against FC Barcelona. However, the Catalan giants are the stronger team on paper and are expected to secure a win in this match.

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