Elche hosts Real Marid at the Estadio Manuel Valero as they look to continue their top-flight survival in the 2021-21 La Liga campaign.
Elche has nonetheless been impressive in the 2021-21 La Liga season. Wins over Getafe and Celta Vigo plus impressive draws against Sevilla and Ath Bilbao have seen them sit 15th in the La Liga standings with 10 points – 11 points adrift league toppers Real Madrid. With the season at its early stages, they still have work to do to ensure top-flight survival. Their last La Liga outing was a narrow 1-0 defeat to Alaves. Despite dominating 62% possession, they managed just four attempts on goal and lost the game to a 56th-minute goal by Ndiaye. Guido Carrillo looked to have scored the equalizer in the late stages but had his goal disallowed due to offside.
Real Madrid couldn’t build on a valuable 2-1 win in the El Classico as they fell to a disappointing goalless draw in their last La Liga game against Osasuna on Wednesday. Despite dominating 75% of possession and 17 attempts on goal, Carlo Ancelloti’s men couldn’t find a way past a resolute Osasuna side. However, Real Madrid remains top of the La Liga standings with 21 points but they afford any more slip-ups as only two points separates them and the 6th placed team. Real Madrid’s away form in La Liga has been solid with only one loss on the road in over a year now. Long-term absentees Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, and Isco are unavailable for selection. Midfielders Luca Modric and Fede Valverde are major doubts and could be rested for the champions league.
Elche has surprisingly not recorded a loss on home ground this season but has managed to grind out draws against Sevilla and Ath Bilbao. They have struggled to hang on to points as they have conceded more winning goals beyond the 75th minute. Real Madrid are with just five clean sheets this season with BTTS coming in five of their last eight games. However, they are the highest scoring side in La Liga this campaign with 24 goals. We are backing a comfortable win here for Madrid.
PREDICTION: REAL MADRID WIN 0-2/1-2/0-3/1-3
ACCUMULATOR TIP: MADRID OVER 1.5 TEAM GOALS
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: KARIM BENZEMA