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Barcelona vs Elche LIVE! Latest team news, lineups, prediction, TV, and Joan Gamper Trophy match stream today

Barcelona vs Elche LIVE! Barca take on Liga rivals Elche in their traditional curtain-raiser in the Joan Gamper Trophy this evening. The Catalan giants have picked up pre-season wins against Gimnastic and Girona ahead of the new LaLiga campaign, which be

Barcelona vs Elche LIVE!

Barca take on Liga rivals Elche in their traditional curtain-raiser in the Joan Gamper Trophy this evening.

The Catalan giants have picked up pre-season wins against Gimnastic and Girona ahead of the new LaLiga campaign, which begins against Villarreal on Sunday September 27.

Opponents Elche are back in the top flight after a five-year absence.

With kick-off at 6pm BST, follow the action with Ben Hayward!

Live Updates

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2020-09-19T18:22:42.730Z

62 mins: Changes coming...

2020-09-19T18:20:13.920Z

60 mins: Busquets chips a ball into the area, but Sergi Roberto is caught very marginally offside...

2020-09-19T18:19:16.933Z

59 mins: Fati with a super run into the area and beats an Elche player, only to drag a shot side from the edge of the six-yard box...

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2020-09-19T18:18:24.066Z

58 mins: Play restarts after a minute or so...

YELLOW CARD

2020-09-19T18:17:56.766Z

57 mins: Lenglet booked for a late challenge on an Elche player, who is down and needs treatment. That's the first yellow card of the match...

2020-09-19T18:15:46.603Z

55 mins: Griezmann then has the ball clipped off his toes and Fati fires over. Barcelona close to a second here...

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2020-09-19T18:14:59.646Z

54 mins: Ansu looks to be in after winning a 50-50 ball with the goalkeeper, but is penalised as the ball hits his hand. He is then clattered by an Elche defender and in some pain for a few moments...

2020-09-19T18:12:56.406Z

53 mins. De Jong threads a ball through to Messi in the area. The Argentine looks to play a pass back to the midfielder, but an Elche defender gets there first....

2020-09-19T18:11:40.330Z

51 mins: Barcelona dominant in this second half so far and Elche are struggling to clear their lines or retain possession for any length of time...

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2020-09-19T18:10:44.556Z

50 mins: Messi charges into the area and sees a low shot saved, but is caught by an Elche defender and is hurt. The Argentine is soon back up, though, and it's only a scare...

2020-09-19T18:09:48.903Z

49 mins: Elche on the attack now down the left, but a move quickly breaks down...

2020-09-19T18:08:49.290Z

48 mins: Fati with a super header from a Roberto cross, but it's just wide of the Elche goalkeeper's left-hand post...

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2020-09-19T18:07:38.000Z

47 mins: Miralem Pjanic is warming up and should make his Barcelona debut soon...

2020-09-19T18:06:21.990Z

46 mins: No changes from Barcelona at the break. Koeman's side with the ball early on, but FAti is penalised for a foul on the left...

2020-09-19T18:05:01.973Z

The second half is under way!

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2020-09-19T18:03:05.763Z

The players are back out and the second half will start soon at Camp Nou...

2020-09-19T18:02:42.900Z

Griezmann gave Barcelona the lead inside two minutes...

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2020-09-19T17:58:17.283Z

Lionel Messi in action for Barca in the first half...

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2020-09-19T17:54:24.356Z

Good first half from Barca, albeit in a match played at a friendly pace. Will be interesting to see what changes Koeman makes in the second period...

HALF TIME

2020-09-19T17:48:40.780Z

HALF TIME | Barcelona 1-0 Elche

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Date, time and venue

Barcelona vs Elche is scheduled for a 6pm BST kick-off on Saturday, September 19.

The match will be played behind closed doors at the Camp Nou with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

The match will be televised live on Barcelona's Barça TV+ streaming service and also on Barça TV. Click here for more information.

Team news

Miralem Pjanic and Jean-Clair Todibo joined training this week and could be in line for their first pre-season minutes.

The Bosnian midfielder missed 3-1 wins over Segunda B side Gimnastic Tarragona and Girona this week after testing positive for Covid-19.

Pjanic, who signed from Juventus in a €60 million deal in June, has been back in training after a period of quarantine and could be in contention.

Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Girona

While things may be still slightly chaotic off the pitch, Barca have looked relatively sharp warming up for the new campaign under Ronald Koeman.

A comfortable victory for the hosts.

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