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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!

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62 mins: Changes coming...


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


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...


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



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...


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


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...


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....


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...


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...


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


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


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


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...


The second half is under way!


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


Griezmann gave Barcelona the lead inside two minutes...

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

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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 | 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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