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The La Liga 2 clash at Stage Front Stadium on Saturday will see hosts Espanyol welcome Elche CF.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Espanyol v Elche CF match are shown here (plus the best game odds).
Espanyol prepare for this game following a 1-1 La Liga 2 draw versus SD Huesca.
In that game, Espanyol managed 41% possession and 6 shots on goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Espanyol was Javi Puado (54'). On the other side, Huesca got 19 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Vilarrasa (78') scored for SD Huesca.
Fewer than three goals per match were seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where Espanyol have been participants. With regard to the goal split from that period, opposing sides scored an aggregate of 6 while Espanyol totted up 7.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Espanyol:
- are unbeaten in the league by Elche CF in their previous 2 games.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
Elche CF come into this clash following a 2-0 La Liga 2 win with the downing of Real Zaragoza in their last match.
In that match, Elche CF had 51% possession and 13 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. For Elche CF, the goalscorers were Tete Morente (61') and Óscar Plano (64'). Real Zaragoza had 8 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
A run of steadfast displays by the Elche CF defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 3 from their previous 6 clashes in total. In that time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 9. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that Elche CF:
- have not been beaten by Espanyol in away games against them for the last 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings going back to 02/11/2014 tells us that Espanyol have won 1 of these games and Elche CF 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A total of 17 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 8 of them from Periquitos and 9 for Los Franjiverdes. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The previous league encounter between these clubs was La Liga match day 22 on 19/02/2023 when it finished Elche CF 0-1 Espanyol.
That day, Elche CF had 46% possession and 19 shots at goal with 5 on target.
For their opponents, Espanyol had 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Sergi Darder (92') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Carlos Del Cerro Grande.
Team News: Espanyol
In our view, Periquitos will possibly make use of the 4-4-2 formation in the match with Fernando Pacheco, Omar El Hilali, Sergi Gomez, Leandro Cabrera, Brian Oliván, Pere Milla, Salvi Sánchez, José Gragera, Javi Puado, Eduardo Expósito and Martin Braithwaite.
Team News: Elche CF
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available to select from, the Elche CF manager Sebastián Beccacece doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this match.
We are inclined to think that Los Franjiverdes seem likely to make use of a 4-4-2 system using Miguel San Roman, Josan, Mario Gaspar, D. Gonzalez Polanco, Carlos Clerc, Tete Morente, Aleix Febas, Raúl Guti, N. Fernandez Mercau, Óscar Plano and Mourad El Ghezouani.
When taking everything into account, Elche CF will have to work hard as a team to see themselves scoring against this Espanyol side who we think might well score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re therefore predicting a highly competitive game with a 1-0 win for Espanyol when the referee blows for full-time.
Little in this one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stage Front Stadium (40,500)
Captain: Sergi Gómez
Chairman: Chen Yansheng
Manager: Luis García
Competitions: La Liga 2 position 6, Copa del Rey (First Round)
🔑 Key Man: Martin Braithwaite
Generally played in the Striker position, Martin Braithwaite was born in Esbjerg, Denmark. After having played his first senior match for Esbjerg in the 2009 - 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 6 league goals in this Segunda División 2023 - 2024 campaign to date from a total of 13 appearances.