This is Sportstars Live Blog about the 2020-21 La Liga Santander excursion between Barcelona and Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

ELK 0 – 0 BARCELONA

33 ‘CHANCE! Dembele quickly runs into the box again and finds little space to weave a shot. He returns the ball to Busquets, who is smashed with a shot, but Edgar Bedia canceled the ball.

30 ‘Barca drive forward but did not achieve anything. In fact, Elche’s only chance to score looked more threatening. Demebele’s manic feet provided the occasional run-ins, but the moose defenses rose to the challenge.

23 ‘FOUL, ELK – A crooked, unnecessary tackle from Rigoni to bring Mingueza down. Barca on another set piece.

20 ‘MASSIVE CHANCE for moose: Your first clear chance gate and boy, it was close! Boye slides into the penalty area but cannot get past the defense from the left. He hits the ball to Raul Guti, who is just a few centimeters above the post.

16 ‘ Barca were in line with the pass and dominated possession throughout. Frustrated signs from Elche, who showed a touch of aggression and has now received four free kicks.

12 ‘FREE KICK for Barca Dembele takes the free kick and whips a fairly low cross, but finds Griezmann on the header. Elche keeper minimizes the problems with a secure bag.

9 ‘ An agile solo run by De Jong pushes the ball into the elk box, but Verdu uses the sled to deflect the ball. Brathwaite rises again on the ball, but the Elche defense has suppressed the danger again.

5 ‘ Dembele and Griezmann exchange quick passes before moving the ball to Brathwaite and the Elche defenders manage to clear the ball to force the first corner of the game.

2 ‘ Elches Mojica runs through the left flank for an early cross, but Araujo counts towards him and clears the ball.

MATCH ON THE GO. Elche gets the ball rolling as Barca players dress up their black kit for the game.

Kick-off in less than two minutes. Can Barca put their final Copa Del Rey defeat behind them to continue their La Liga winning streak? Stay tuned when the action starts. A desperate game for both teams for several reasons.

8:30 p.m. – Lots of discussion and debate about who needs to step up in Messi’s absence to receive a penalty if it has to be for Barca tonight? An obvious choice would be Griezmann. But the experts seem to have thrown the names of young Pedri in and at the same time mention GK, Ter Stegen, to maybe move up !!

8:20 pm The home team is currently going through an intensive training session. Surely they will be hoping for a big moment here to inspire the site to face the Catalans.

8.15 p.m. –We are 40 minutes away from the action. Barca’s players are on the field to piling up their preparations. Can an exhausted Barca add to Elche’s misery in 2021 if a number of their first XI players fail?


The lineups are out!

Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Mingueza, Araujo, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Dembele, Pedri, Griezmann, Braithwaite

Moose XI (3-4-3): Edgar Bedia, Josema Sanchez, Gonzalo Verdu, D. Gonzalez, Barragan, Marcone, Raul Guti, Mojica, Josan Fernandez, Boye, Pere Milla

TEAM NEWS & PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Barcelona – –

Injured: Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto

Doubtful: Sergino Dest

Suspended: Lionel Messi

Moose – –

Injured: Fidel

Doubtful: Luismi, Tete Morente, Guido Carrillo, Dani Calvo and Omenuke Mfulu

INTENDED LINEUPS:

Moose
Badia; Verdu, Gonzalez, Josema; Barragan, Marcone, Guti, Mojica; Rigoni, Boye, Josan

Barcelona
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Pedri, Dembele; Braithwaite

HEAD-TO-HEAD – Elche versus Barcelona

Elche form leader in La Liga: DLLDD

Barcelona form leaders in La Liga: WWWDW

Elcha against Barcelona (last five games: W): Moose – 0, Barcelona – 5, To draw – 0

MATCH PREVIEW:

Barcelona return to La Liga in 18th place in a crucial Sunday meeting against the Elche.

In another frustrating season, Barca find themselves in a trivial place after a sluggish start to the season. However, the Catalans have been reinventing themselves since early December to find positive form.

The side led by Ronald Koeman have found themselves in an unbeaten streak of eight league games since their 2-1 loss to Cadiz last month. The Spanish giant doesn’t want another slip as they are fourth and 10 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona will be without their talisman Lionel Messi, who was suspended for two games after hitting an opponent in the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao.

To skip the ladder, Koeman and Co. meet Elche, who is at the end of the league with up to six defeats in the last 17 games of the season.

Elche ended 2020 with a 1-1 draw against league champions Real Madrid. However, in a sad start to the year, Los Franjiverdes failed to win any of their games that year while knocking out the Copa Del Rey against Rayo Vallecano.

The recent clashes with Barca do not benefit them either as they have suffered losses in their last five meetings.

Where can I watch / stream the game live in India?

There is no live televised coverage for La Liga matches in India. However, Facebook WATCH will provide live streaming online for the top Spanish league this year.