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Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction & Match Preview

Elche vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: 30 December 2020, Wednesday
Kick-off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero (Elche).

Elche’s first season back up in the Spanish top-flight following promotion post-lockdown has been quite reasonable.

They went into Christmas just a point above the relegation zone but with two games in hand on the majority of teams in La Liga; six points separates their current position and a potential European spot, such is the tight nature of this season’s Liga. They come up against a resurgent and belligerent Real Madrid.

As ever, under Zidane, they win when it matters. Defeats to Alaves and Shakhtar Donetsk in late November and early December meant Los Blancos were on the verge of being out of the Champions League and the title race.

However, very impressive and very big wins against Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach and Atletico Madrid have sparked a rejuvenated run in which they have gone onto beat Athletic Club, Eibar and Granada.

Madrid will expect to extend that run to seven games in their final game of the year.

Elche vs Real Madrid Head-to-head

Teams Elche Real Madrid played so far 4 matches.
Elche won 0 direct matches. Real Madrid won 4 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.50 goals per Match.

Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction

Elche in actual season average scored 1.00 goals per match. In 6 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (33.33%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Real Madrid average scored 2.00 goals per match in season 2020. In 9 (81.82%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Elche could again be without the services of Omenuke Mfulu against Madrid, while Diego Gonzalez is an injury doubt, meaning that Dani Calvo could earn another start in a defensive area.

Almiron has options for change, with Victor Rodriguez, Pere Milla and Nino all available, but the manager is expected to keep faith with the majority of the XI that started against Osasuna.

Lucas Boye should again get the nod over Guido Carrillo in the centre-forward position, while Raul Guti could earn a spot in the middle of the park.

As for Madrid, Zidane's squad is in excellent shape at the moment, with only Rodrygo Goes, who has a hamstring problem, missing from Sunday's training session.

Eden Hazard made the bench against Granada and should again be included in the squad for this match, while Luka Modric is likely to return, having overcome the problem that kept him out of the team's last contest.

Vinicius Junior could be handed a start alongside Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema in the final third of the field, but the back four and goalkeeper are expected to be unchanged on Wednesday night.

Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Barragan, Verdu, Calvo, Josema; Guti, Marcone, Morente; Fidel, Boye, Josan

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius