This week will be without a tour in the European competitions, but there will only be more soccer due to a busy schedule of national competitions. Spain will host a tour in the Primera, and Wednesday night will be summed up by the game between Elche and Real Madrid. Is everything clear before the starting whistle?
The “Slivos” constantly play 2 games a week. This season they have already had the UEFA Super Cup (with the victory over Eintracht), and four rounds in the Champions League (after 3 wins they snatched a draw in Poland against Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to a last-minute goal by Rüdiger). But it is also worth remembering that only last Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti’s charges held, perhaps, the most status match of the entire autumn – the “El Clasico”. The Galacticos hosted Barcelona and went head-to-head in their encounter, pulling away from the peloton. And they put their opponent in their place: in the end, the Catalans won with a confident score of 3-1, leaving them three points behind.
The “Green-Spangled” had several surprises in a row. First, an incredible exit to the Primera (after an almost accidental 6th place in the Segunda and success in the knockouts), then their survival there, and even a jump to 13th place in the last temporada. Everyone even started to dismiss the team as one of the main underdogs, and then it started to justify the skepticism, dropping to the bottom of the table. After five losses in a row, the coach, Francisco, was fired. He was replaced by Alberto Gallego, who as a musician was almost more famous than the coach. But for a start, he managed to break the series of “lambs”, playing in a draw with Mallorca (and after the 2nd goal of the season Ponce for a long time the team led in the score). The team’s side also managed to take points away from Valencia at the Mestalla last matchday – Cavani’s double was answered by Millho.
t seems impossible to even compare the potential of Elche and Real Madrid. But in both of the last two championships, the Greens and Stripes had a draw against the big man, and in the Cup they lost to the Galacticos in extra time.
It is clear that Real should win, the question is how. In general, a good option looks like a -1.5 goal handicap.