Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
There will be fireworks when Almeria and Elche square off against each other at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos in the Copa del Rey last 32. Almeria suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Cartagena in their last Segunda Division game, but despite the defeat they remained in top position in the standings. The Andalusians aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to all guns blazing at los Franjiverdes.
Midfielder Jose Carlos Lazo, who limped off with injury at the weekend, is unlikely to feature against Elche. The visitors, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw with Granada in their last league fixture. Los Franjiverdes’ main goal is to secure yet another La Liga survival, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Almeria. Chile international Roco is back from the Primera Liga ban, while all Benedetto, Boye, Guti, Marcone, and Perez are rated doubtful for the game.
Highlighted Player (Curro Sanchez):
Curro Sanchez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Ponferradina in Segunda Division. Born in La Palma del Condado on January 3, 1996, Sanchez began his youth career at Siempre Alegres, but in 2007 he was spotted by Sevilla scouts.
Curro Sanchez did not hesitate at all, signing a contract with the famous La Liga side. To make things even better for the Andalusian, he made his senior debut with Sevilla in La liga on May 4, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna. Curro Sanchez then joined Numancia, where he scored 13 goals in 34 appearances in Segunda Division for los Numantinos.
In 2020 he signed a deal with La Liga 2 side Ponferradina. Sanchez made his la Ponfe debut in a 2-0 win over Albacete on September 20, 2020. Even though right winger is his primary position, Curro Sanchez is capable of producing fine performances as an attacking midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Elche):
Established in 1923, Elche is a Spanish club that competes in La Liga. Los Franjiverdes welcome their rivals at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, the stadium which can hold up to 33,732 spectators. The venue was opened on September 8, 1976.
Elche wear white shirts with green stripe and white shorts when playing at home, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The club’s biggest success came in 1969 as Elche made it to the Copa del rey final. Los Franjiverdes faced Club Atletico de Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final, with the Basques winning the match by one goal to nil.
The likes of Mario Pasalic, Ivan Bolado, Garry Rodrigues, Goran Djorovic, Albert Nadj, Wakaso, Moha, Carlos Sanchez, Ioan Andone, Enzo Roco, Dominique Malonga, Richmond Boakye, and Sory Kaba are some of the notable players who were part of the team in the past. Elche have never represented Spain in European competitions.