FC Barcelona needs to win to stay alive in LaLiga Santander. Xavi Hernández’s men cannot allow the distance from the leadership to be even greater and the match against Elche will be a litmus test for the Catalans. They are only ‘allowed’ to keep the three points to end the year with good feelings in their stadium.
The team led by Xavi has a great challenge ahead, but it will not be easy. Elche de Francisco is working to achieve their best version and they arrive in Barcelona with good feelings and confidence. That is why the Egarense coach will have to take out his heavy artillery to win a decisive victory. To date, you will have several casualties: Pedri, Memphis, Ansu, Sergi Roberto or Martin Braithwaite, due to injury, as well as Piqué due to accumulation of cards. Here is our forecast of the line-ups:
Possible lineups for Barça-Elche:
- XI del FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Eric, Araujo, Lenglet; Busquets, Nico, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Abde, Luuk de Jong, Dembele.
- XI of Elche: Édgar Badía; Palacios, Enzo Roco, Diego, Mójica; Tete Morente, Marcone, Mascarell, Fidel; Boyé, Lucas Pérez.
Marc-André ter Stegen is more disputed than ever and remains in the eye of the hurricane, but there is no doubt that he is the undisputed goalkeeper of FC Barcelona. It is already an impossible reality to hide: he has become a goalkeeper unable to be decisive for his team. He needs to go back to his best version, because the Catalans need him at this critical moment. Xavi Hernández has reaffirmed his confidence in him: “He continues to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world, but there is a variable, that of trust. When the results come in, the player will improve in confidence. Everything is based on results, “he said at a press conference.
With the loss of Gerard Piqué due to the accumulation of cards, Xavi Hernández is obliged to implement a change in his line-up. Most likely, the Egarense bet again on a defense of three starring Ronald Araújo, Eric García and Clément Lenglet. There is the possibility that Samuel Umtiti will play, as against Osasuna, but it does not start as a possible factor. On the other hand, if it is a defense of four, Mingueza and Jordi Alba could enter, so that Araújo accompanies Eric on the axis and Lenglet on the bench.
In the center of the field it seems that there will be no changes and Xavi will continue to bet on the four players who have been playing in the last games. Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong will appear as the leaders of the medullarywhile the two young stars Nico and Gavi will appear in a more forward position. Gavi and Busquets have to play ‘carefully’, since they are warned of a sanction and, if they see the fifth yellow, they will not be able to visit Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
The losses up front (Ansu, Memphis, Braithwaite) force Xavi Hernández to work with what he ‘has’. Everything seems to indicate what it will be Dembélé who starts on the right and Abde on the left. The Moroccan is being a ‘sensation’ and his goal against Osasuna was proof of this. Luuk de Jong will play ‘9’, despite his irregularity. They can also play Ferran Jutglà or Ilias Akhomach.