Elche take on the visitors Sevilla in the round 36 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Wednesday, May 24th at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero (Elche).
Elche have long since packed their bags and is preparing to go to Segunda. However, Sebastian Bécaccese's team leaves a positive impression at the end of the championship. It seems that the "green-striped" team wants to leave La Liga on a high note. Otherwise, how else can we explain that in the last four matches, they have collected almost as many points as in the previous 31 games in La Liga? Elche's away matches continue to be weak: a draw with Getafe (1-1) and a defeat against Almeria (2-1). However, in the previous two home matches of the championship, the team emerged victorious, thrashing Rayo Vallecano (4-0) and defeating Atletico Madrid (1-0). But one thing unites all these matches - Elche has disappointed all their opponents.
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Sevilla have long secured their place in La Liga, although they had a terrible start to the season. Yes, in theory, José Luis Mendilibar's team still has a chance to qualify for the European competitions through the league. However, it is more likely that the players are planning to secure a spot in the Champions League through winning the current season's Europa League. There is no doubt that all the thoughts of the Andalusians are already focused on the final of their beloved tournament, which is not far away. I would not be surprised if in the match against Elche, the coach decides to give key Sevilla players a rest, so they can preserve their energy for the match against Roma and avoid injuries. At least one goal could be conceded by the visitors in the upcoming La Liga match. Not long ago, Sevilla even conceded two goals against Girona and Espanyol at their home ground. So why couldn't Elche, playing at home, do the same?
Elche have nothing to lose anymore. And honestly, the premature relegation to Segunda seems to have positively affected their results. The "green-striped" team has collected 7 points in the last four matches of La Liga, scoring 7 goals and finding the net in each game during this period. I'm not sure if they can take points from Sevilla, but I believe they can score at least one goal at home. Sevilla certainly won't throw away this match. After all, they still need to win the Europa League final, and there are only two points separating them from the European competition spots in the league. However, expecting a fierce battle to the death in a match against the league's worst team wouldn't be appropriate. Sevilla hasn't conceded in their last four away matches in La Liga. It's about time this streak came to an end. In the last two away encounters against Elche, the "Red and Whites" conceded (1-1 and 1-2). I think they won't keep a clean sheet this time either.
Prediction for the match: Elche to score – yes.