Barcelona will visit Elche on Sunday and we took a look at the stats to see what we can expect from both sides. Barça is currently sitting in fourth (third if they beat Elche), while their opponent is currently in a relegation battle, as they’re 19th in the league.
Looking at an xPTS standings, however FC Barcelona would be in third, with 36.10 points instead of 34. Elche would be in 19th, but they are actually overperforming in points, as they have an xPTS of 10.52, which is the worst in La Liga.
Comparing their xGD (Goal difference), gives a better view on which of the teams actually convert their chances into goals.
xG: 11.19 (20th of the league)
Goals scored: 16 (16th of the league)
xGA: 27.94 (6th of the league)
Goals against: 23 (11th of the league)
xG: 41.18 (1st of the league)
Goals scored: 37 (1st of the league)
xGA: 21.21 (13th of the league)
Goals against: 17 (4th of the league)
Elche and Barça have faced each other seven times so far. Six of them were won by Barcelona, while one match ended in a draw. Earlier this season, Barcelona beat them 0-1.
Will Koeman be able to get the team a win today? We’ll see soon. The stats are surely in favour of Barcelona, so let’s see if they can convert that into a win today.