La Liga is about to conduct its 12th Matchday, with expectations of total entertainment and footballing action. It has 10 games lined up for your dose of weekend footballing action. We all know, anything can happen with the course of time, and displays of upsets have been seen lately. But the match that kick starts this week’s Matchday, is between Elche who is about to host the mighty Los Blancos at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in the clear afternoon sky of south-eastern Spain.
Why should you watch it?
Los Franjiverdes are the most passionate squad from the South-East coast of Spain and they might want to go all-out to get some points against Real Madrid. Whereas the Whites of Madrid might want that 3 points on the table after an unlucky draw vs Osasuna to get a boost with one game in hand. Elche is unbeaten in the last 6 La Liga home games, in which they level 4 times while winning 2. Real Madrid has got past Elche 5 times without a defeat by winning 4 and drawing 1. Real Madrid has scored 44 goals past Elche in their last 16 meetings with an average of 2.7 per match. Los Blancos didn’t have a back-to-back goalless draw streak before December 2019 when they drew against FC Barcelona and Athletic Club.
The hosts look ready with a good set of their players in hand as they are ready to face the visitors. Losing 1-0 to Alaves on the previous Matchday, Escriba might hope for a tough contest from his players to get them some impetus. Kiko Casilla might face his ex-team today and he is better expected to deliver his very best for his current squad. Lucas Perez is involved in 4 goals in the last 5 meetings vs Real Madrid, including 2 goals and 2 assists. Enzo Roco might be their biggest trump card for Elche. Roco has 75% of his tackles won, and a 90% pass accuracy to move ahead of this fixture.
Form: – LWLDL
Goalkeeper: – Kiko Casilla;
Defenders: – Mojica, Bigas, Enzo Roco, Palacios;
Midfielders: – Fidel, Raul Guti, Mascarell, Tete Morente;
Attackers: – Boye, Lucas Perez.
Player to watch out for
For the reserved team of Real Madrid to play against them in a league game, Kiko Casilla has come a long way. He is quick with his reflexes and has a definite reach to block the shots. He is a Champions League-winning keeper and that makes him the player to watch out for.
The striker of the ball at his very best, Lucas Perez will improve his statistical records against Los Blancos and might want to add to his tally. His finishing is second to none and he can make runs according to the ball received.
Los Blancos are the strongest looking side with more injury concerns all over their player-sheet. Their major missing is going to be Karim Benzema, who is the huge contributor to this side vs Elche. Other than that, their future prospect and also their most talked Uruguayan youngster, Fede Valverde might miss this one due to his knee injury in the El Clasico. Dani Ceballos is still injured with his ankle, which came up during the Olympics. Avoiding the injury list, this side still looks rock-solid on the sheets, but time will tell what happens ahead.
Form: – LLWWD
Predicted XI: –
Goalkeeper: – Courtois;
Defenders: – Mendy, Militao, Alaba, Carvajal;
Midfielder: – Kroos, Casemiro, Camavinga;
Forwards: – Vinicius, Jovic, Rodrygo.
Player to watch out for
- Luka Jovic
Since the injury of Benzema has come up, Luka Jovic is given chance ahead of this clash. He can score volleys and headers with a strict on-target policy. His Game awareness is noted while we consider him the player to watch out for.
- Vinicius Jr
The Samba Boy of Real Madrid has a better statistical record this season. With 5 goals and 2 assists already on his name, his skillful legs are also an attribute in this process. His unprecedented finishing makes him the key man for Real Madrid.
Though Real Madrid has a strong site on the sheets, Elche has their passionate side to create miracles. Only and only time can predict this game because no one can. But one thing that cannot change, is the quality of Football on offer. So, pick your sides and sit back to enjoy this thrilling contest at the edge of any seat you are watching this on.
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