Elche take on the visitors Athletic Bilbao in the round 5 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, September 11th at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero (Elche).
Elche got off to a bad start in the new season. The "green-striped" managed to stay in the LaLiga from 2020. Moreover, in the last temporade it turned out not just to "survive", but also to rise from the 17th position to the more comfortable 13th, also with 42 points in the asset. Everyone has already begun to change their initially skeptical attitude towards Francisco's wards, but in the new temporade they look frankly bad. Of the 4 opponents, only with newcomer Almeria, Elche managed to catch a point, playing 1-1 at home. Everyone else - and Betis, and Real Sociedad, and Villarreal won against them. Yes, all these rivals are strong, they represent the country in European competition. But the next opponent is potentially no weaker either. And in the relegation zone, you can get very stuck.
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Athletic again under Ernesto Valverde. The Basques have ended their partnership with one of the country's most promising specialists, Marcelino Garcia Toral. He started in Bilbao brightly, winning the Super Cup (for which it was necessary to beat Real Madrid with Barcelona). But either they decided that after the initial impulse the team began to slip, or they simply feared that the opportunity to return the local legend to the San Mames would be missed - we remember that the Ant worked here, and successfully, until he was invited by Barcelona. The mentor started quite successfully at the new-old place: after 0-0 with Mallorca there were “dry” victories over Valencia and Cadiz (the latter was completely defeated 4-0). But, on the other hand, having conceded from Espanyol even at their native San Mames, Athletic did not answer in any way, losing to the guests from Catalonia 0-1.
In the last 5 head-to-head fights, Elche was able to win only once. Athletic, on the other hand, won 2 times, and also managed to win the away in the cup thanks to a penalty shootout. Elche is not impressive, and the majority is inclined to believe that the visitors from the Basque Country will win this meeting. But even more "correct" looks like a bet on "total under 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.