• Elche have won six and lost six of their last 14 home league games against Barcelona, drawing the other two.
  • Elche’s last three league victories over Barca have all ended 1-0, with the most recent one coming back in 1974.
  • Barcelona have kept five consecutive clean sheets against Elche, last conceding in a 5-1 win in 1978.
  • Fran Escriba’s side are unbeaten in nine home league games (W4 D5), keeping seven clean sheets in the process.
  • Barcelona have earned a league-high 13 points from losing positions on the road this term.
  • Barca have lost three of their last six away league games, with the last two of those defeats coming against relegation threatened sides (1-0 v Valladolid and Granada).
  • Barcelona have scored 99 league goals this season; Lionel Messi scored their 100th last term at the old San Mames.
  • Alexis Sanchez, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture with Elche, ended his longest goal drought of the season last week (seven games).
  • Elche could become the 31st side that Lionel Messi has scored against in La Liga; Xerez, Cadiz and Murcia are the only three sides he has faced without scoring.
  • Elche have scored three goals from outside the area all season; but have won all three games these goals have been netted in.