Real Madrid host Elche in the spanish la liga as they look to close the gap on table toppers Atletico Madrid in a quest to defend their la liga crown.
The Spanish champions have been in fine form, going seven matches unbeaten in all competitions. Zinedine Zidane’s side have been tight at the back, letting in just 5 goals in 8 matches. Prior to their 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad, they had won their last 5 games in all competitions including a very important win against Atalanta in the champions league. Their last la liga game was a 1-1 draw against table topping Atletico Madrid, a late goal by Benzema to rescue a point. They are currently priced at 1.22 odds with BETKING to get win over Elche on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane welcomed back Federico Valverde into the squad against Atletico Madrid last week, with the Uruguayan making a cameo off the bench. Valverde should be in contention to start against Elche on Saturday. However, Zidane will still be without Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Mariano through injury.
Elche, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their recent victory over Sevilla last week which took them out of the relegation zone and into 17th on the table. Fran Escriba’s side beat Sevilla 2-1 in La Liga last week, and will be hoping to claim another giant’s scalp when they come up against Real Madrid on Saturday. Fran Escriba can name a full-strength team against Real Madrid. Only Argentine midfielder Emiliano Rigoni remains in doubt for the game due to a hamstring injury he picked up earlier this month. Real Madrid should have too much quality in their side for Fran Escriba’s men to handle on Saturday.
PREDICTION : REAL MADRID 2-0 WIN
ACCUMULATOR TIP : REAL MADRID FT WIN