Following an embarrassing 1-1 draw with Cadiz, Barcelona will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they take on Elche in a postponed fixture. The Catalan outfit failed to turn their dominance into more goals in the draw with the Yellow Submarine, and, as a result, they are now five points behind their bitter rivals Real Madrid in the standings. This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts, and I am positive that they will go all guns blazing at Elche.
All Fati, Coutinho, and Sergi Roberto remain in the recovery room, while Araujo is rated doubtful for the match. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Eibar, and they managed to get one thanks to Dani Calvo’s goal. The relegation strugglers regained a much-needed confidence, but given the importance of Wednesday’s match for Barcelona, home win should be considered. Ivan Marcone is banned for the visitors.
Nimes and Lorient go head to head at Stade des Costieres in a postponed Ligue 1 fixture. Both sides are fighting hard to survive in the French top flight, and, no doubt, there will be fireworks in the midweek clash. Les Crocodiles have been in a promising form of late, with the team beating both Dijon and Bordeaux in the previous two league fixtures, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Lorient.
All Depres, Landre, Martinez, Roux, Sarr, and Valerio are likely to miss the game with injuries. Briancon, who suffered an injury in the 2-0 win over Bordeaux, is rated doubtful for the match. Les Merlus, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Lille, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Both Fontaine and Saunier are injured for the visitors.
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