Barcelona vs. Elche Preview: Barca Keen On Keeping Their Lead as Messi And Valdez Return

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Updated: January 2, 2014
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Two of Barcelona’s key players and certified online bookie favorites, Victor Valdez and Leo Messi are set to return on the pitch after being sidelined due to injuries. Their presence is more than enough to carry the club throughout the encounter and endure the strong pressure from Atletico Madrid. 

 

Match Date: 05 January 2014 (local time)
Venue: Estadio Camp Nou
 
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Barcelona

Determined to keep their lead in La Liga, Barcelona is keen on securing the upper hand against Elche in their upcoming match. With the return of Victor Valdez and Leo Messi, the club seemed to achieve the “automatic victory” prior to the encounter.

 

Valdez and of course, Messi are two (2) of Barca’s key players. Valdez has been a prolific shot stopper, while Messi is undeniably, the scoring machine. Their presence is expected to give a boost to the club’s morale and performance after a disappointing loss to Athletic Bilbao.

 

Despite the defeat, Barca remained on top of the table. But they cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Every match is a must win clash for Atletico Madrid continues to pressure the club with their strong campaign this season.

 

Elche

Elche has a mountain to surmount as they open the New Year with an upcoming match against the mighty Barcelona.
 
Elche has yet to recover from its three-match losing streak and it seems like they have more burdens to overcome as they are set to meet Barcelona soon. Prior to the meeting, Elche was still nursing a sore defeat from Atletico Madrid, Levante and Malaga. Overall, their last six (6) matches are dominated by losses. They have only won once—and that was during the close encounter against Valencia. They also forced a draw against Getafe, which, somehow, helped them accumulate points and avoid the relegation arena.

 

Football betting tip: Barcelona

Expect Messi and Valdez to feature on the match. Barca may have the upper hand, but they are not taking Elche lightly. The pressure from Diego Simeone and his men can be daunting and the slightest mistake can see them slip from the top spot.

 

 

 

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