Elche vs Barcelona B by 20legend



The league leaders Elche takes on the youths of Barcelona tonight at Estadio Martinèz Valero.


Elche seems to finally get promoted to the La Liga and joining the best teams, after beeing both in Segunda and Segunda B for 25 years now. With only five rounds remaining, Elche have a sollid 76 points and they are nine points ahead of 2nd placed Girona (67p) and 11 points ahead of Alcorcon (65p).


Even if it is 15 more points to fight for this season, it looks very good for Elche at this stage.


If Elche wins tonight and Girona and Alcorcon drops some points this weekend, Elche will secure their promotion. This fact truly excites the fans. It is expected to get almost a full packed stadium as the whole town is hoping for promotion. The Estadio Martinèz Valero stadium has a total capacity of 38750 people, so the atmosphere should be truly magic for the home team.


Elche have been absolutley fantastic at home this season with 14-3-1 in their 18 games at home. They have scored 31 goals and only let in nine goals. Elche is the best defensive team in the Segunda having only let in 22 goals in 37 games. Barcelona on the other hand, have let in 63 goals in 37 games.


Elche has a no serious injuries and they can pick their best players. Elche predicted starting lineup:


Manu Herrera - Damián Suárez – Etxeita – Pelegrín – Edu Albácar - Xumetra – Rivera – Mantecón – Fidel - Carles Gil – Coro


Barcelona have some very though remaining games up ahead. In the four next round the will face the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams in Segunda Division. Barcelona are currently 8th with 2-3-0 in their last five games. They have quite a few injuries with Sergi Roberto, Planas, Lobato, Oier, Luis Alberto and Grimaldo being left out of the squad. That means that both of thei left-backs are out, and Marc Muniesa is likely to cover this role.


Barcelona predicted starting lineup:


Masíp - Balliu - Lombàn, Edgar Ie - Muniesa - Rafinha - Ilie - Espinosa - Deulofeu - Araujo - Kiko


Based on the facts about these two teams, Elche lets in very few goals, while Barcelona leaks and have 31-32 in goalsdifference away from home this season. The fans will do their best to help their heroes form Elche, and they could actually get promoted this weekend. Therefore I choose to pick Elche OVER 1.5 goals tonight.


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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Elche OVER 1.5 goals Betsafe 1.80 9 1-1 LOST (-9 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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