Copa Del Rey Last 16 – Barcelona vs Elche Betting Preview

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Copa Del Rey action on Thursday Night comes from the Nou Camp and can be seen Live on Sky Sports 5 HD with a scheduled 21:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Copa Del Rey Last 16 – Barcelona vs Elche Betting Preview

On Thursday Night you can witness Barcelona who are currently 2nd place in La Liga host Elche who are bottom of the table and look like they’re heading for relegation in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey last 16 clash. Barcelona head into this game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad and with speculation surrounding a potential move for Messi and the possible sacking of Manager Luis Enrique it will be interesting to see if Barcelona can focus on their football and get the job done in this match.

Elche are four points away from climbing out of the relegation zone in the La Liga and will take some confidence that their performances are improving and they are starting to get some good results. When they lose they only lose by 1 or 2 goals and therefore will take some belief knowing that if they can improve their game going forward then they may be able to earn some points and climb up the table. It would take a miracle for them to beat Barcelona over two legs and progress in the tournament but as we all know anything can happen in football.

Barcelona vs Elche Head to Head Statistics

Thursday Night’s game will become only the fourth meeting between these two sides, Barcelona have won 2 of the previous 3 games with the other ending in a draw, the results are shown in the table below.

24/08/14 PRD Barcelona vs Elche 3 : 0
11/05/14 PRD Elche vs Barcelona 0 : 0
05/01/14 PRD Barcelona vs Elche 4 : 0

Barcelona Recent Form

04/01/15 PRD Real Sociedad vs Barcelona 1 : 0
20/12/14 PRD Barcelona vs Cordoba 5 : 0
16/12/14 CDR Barcelona vs Huesca 8 : 1
13/12/14 PRD Getafe vs Barcelona 0 : 0
10/12/14 UCL Barcelona vs PSG 3 : 1

Barcelona’s recent form has been relatively good, they have won 3 of their last 5 matches along with losing 1 and drawing 1 also, in that time they have managed to score an impressive 16 goals and have suffered 3 in their own net.

Elche Recent Form

03/01/15 PRD Elche vs Villarreal 2 : 2
21/12/14 PRD Elche vs Malaga 1 : 2
18/12/14 CDR Elche vs Real Valladolid 1 : 0
15/12/14 PRD Deportivo La Coruna vs Elche 1 : 0
06/12/14 PRD Elche vs Atletico Madrid 0 : 2

Elche haven’t had a great first half of their season and that is reflected by their form as of late, they have picked up a single victory in their last 5 matches along with a draw and 3 disappointing defeats. In that time span they have netted 4 goals and conceded 7.

Barcelona Team News

Thomas Vermaelen is the only absentee for Barcelona in this match up as he is still nursing an injury. Manager Luis Enrique has the rest of his squad available and I expect him to play a strong squad after resting some key players against Real Sociedad and losing the game as a result of his team selection.

Elche Team News

Manager Fran Escriba will be delighted that he has no injuries or suspensions to contend with when selecting his team. I expect him to alter his side’s formation and set up defensively to absorb pressure and counter attack where possible.

Barcelona vs Elche Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the 3 previous meetings between these two clubs over the years there has been a total of 7 goals which produces an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.33,

Barcelona have scored 16 goals in their last 5 matches which gives them an average of 3.2 goals per game.

Elche have scored 4 goals in their last 5 games which gives them an average of 0.8 goals per game.

With these statistics combined it seems to suggest that we will see over 2.5 goals scored on Thursday Night with the majority if not all of them coming from the home side.

Barcelona vs Elche Current Betting Odds Market

Barcelona are the overwhelming favourites for this game and have been given an extraordinarily low price by the online bookmakers. They haven’t lost at home all season and it seems unlikely that will change on Thursday Night when they face Elche who are dead last in the La Liga. BetVictor offer the best price for Barcelona to win @ 1/11 – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw seems unlikely although it has occurred in 1 of the previous 3 meetings between the two sides but considering Barcelona are at home I fully expect them to win and cannot envisage any other outcome but if you fancy the draw, SkyBet are offering the best value @ 11/1 – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers.

Elche are massive underdogs heading into this encounter and I don’t think many people will be backing them to record their first ever victory over Barcelona but if you think they have what it takes to pull off a miracle then SkyBet offer a cracking price @ 40/1 – Deposit £5 & Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers.

Barcelona vs Elche Free Sports Bets, Tips & Predictions

Barcelona need to bounce back from their defeat at Real Sociedad and what a better way to do so than at home against a side struggling at the wrong end of the table. With the likes of Messi and Neymar expected to return to the starting team I cannot see Barca slipping up in this match and I expect them to dominate the game throughout.

Elche need to urgently start climbing up the table and therefore they could rest some of their stronger players for upcoming league fixtures as it is highly unlikely they are going to progress to the quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey.

Time for my predictions now and my banker is going to be Barcelona to score 4 or more goals as they have a tendency to hammer teams at home.

My saver is going to be Neymar to score the first goal of the game.

Barcelona vs Elche Banker & Saver Tips

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