Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Estadio Pedro Escartin will host Tuesday’s Copa del Rey game between Guadalajara and Elche, the two teams who meet for the first time since June 2013. Guadalajara sit in 9th place in Segunda RFEF Group 5, with the team failing to win the previous three league fixtures. Anyhow, the hosts are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the Spanish Cup clash.
Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, faced no difficulties in a 3-0 win over Alcora in the previous round, and seeing that they are stuck at the bottom of La Liga table, Pablo Machin’s men surely want to go as far as possible in Copa del Rey. Jony Alamo has yet to recover from a knee injury, while Javier Pastore is a major doubt. Even though Diego Gonzales and Roco miss out as well, away win should be considered as Elche were producing fine displays in warm-up games.
Highlighted Player (Enzo Roco):
Enzo Roco is one of the young and exciting defenders coming out of Chile in the recent times. The 23-year-old started in the youth teams at Universidad Catolica and moved up the ranks. He was promoted to their first team in 2011 and in three years with them played more than 90 matches.
He established himself in the first team and was an omnipresent figure at the back for the team that won Primera Division and Copa Chile titles. Roco moved to the Spanish club Elche on loan in 2014 and by the next year he was at their fellow Spanish club RCD Espanyol.
Roco’s international appearance started with the under-17 squad in 2009 while his senior international debut was in 2012. He was named in the 30-man list by Jorge Sampaoli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was cut from the final list.
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.