Real Madrid hosts Elche in round 22 of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Sunday, January 23rd at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Real Madrid played their last match in LaLiga on January 8. Then the men of Carlo Ancelotti hammered Valencia at home (4-1). After that, they managed to play two games in the Spanish Super Cup (and won this trophy). In addition, on January 20, there was a trip to the same Elche CF, which ended with the victory of Real Madrid in extra time (1-2). The metropolitan club feels more than confident in LaLiga. It is in the 1st position in the standings with 39 points after 21 matches. The gap from the 2nd line is four points. And the Whites broke away from the third line by as many as 12 points. Real Madrid is one of the three teams in the Spanish Championship that have not suffered a single defeat at the home stadium: seven victories and three draws.
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As you understand, Elche was eliminated from the Spanish Cup in the middle of the week. Thus, the Levantines can focus on LaLiga. In fact, it will not hurt them to do this because they are only in 15th place in the standings. Elche has 22 points, and the gap from the relegation zone is only five points. The Green-striped ones prefer cautious tactics. They scored only 21 goals and conceded 28 times. Ten matches ended with Under 2.5 goals scored. I can’t help but note the latest results of the Levantines in the championship. The streak without defeats amounts to three games (one draw and two victories). But Elche is not impressive on foreign pitches: two victories, two draws, and seven defeats with a goal difference of 11-18.
In the Copa del Rey, Carlo Ancelotti fielded mostly reservists. But it is worth waiting for the first team in the championship match. I think that Benzema and his partners should have no problems in the confrontation against Elche. Yes, the Levantines are in good shape, but the Galacticos are doing just fine at home in the current season. So far, they have not suffered a single defeat. Real Madrid continues to fight for the champion’s title, and misfires for the team are unacceptable. I bet on the hosts to win with a -1.5 handicap.
Prediction for the match: Real Madrid to win with -1.5 handicap