Real Madrid returns to playing on the domestic scene. While the Blancos are striving to become the best club in the world in Morocco, they will face a much less prestigious opponent in the Spanish championship. Elche is fighting for survival, and so far they have been doing so extremely unsuccessfully. Nevertheless, the visitors intend to take advantage of the fatigue of their prominent opponent.
In the run-up to this meeting, Real Madrid have not lost in their last 13 home matches of the championship. Carlo Ancelotti can not count on all the players of the first team. The first-team squad is out of action with Ferland Mendy (muscle injury), Thibaut Courtois (hamstring injury), Eder Militao (muscle injury), Lucas Vazquez (ankle injury) and Eden Hazard (patellar tendon irritation).
“Elche” will play after winning 3-1, when the guests unexpectedly beat “Villarreal”. However, the team still ranks 20th in the table. The visitors’ coach Pablo Machin will also not have all his players on the pitch. Pere Milla (fractured collarbone) and Alex Colliado (torn muscle) will not play.
The Blancos will play their fifth match in 13 days. Taking into account the fact that Ancelotti’s team during this period managed to travel to the other continent and played a number of not easy matches against inferior in the selection of players, but extremely motivated opponents to prove themselves against the grande, the hosts certainly have a lot of fatigue. And this fact will certainly affect the course of the game.
In the last game Real Madrid made a clear “top”, but before that in the domestic arena, the audience often saw the desire to save strength and just “grassroots” scenarios. In our game, the puzzle is also in favor of fewer goals. The visitors will defend and try to neutralize the strengths of the Blancos players, while the hosts will try to expend as little effort as possible to achieve success. We expect no more than three goals scored.
A promising decision will be the choice of TM (3.5).