Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
A spot in the Copa del Rey last 32 will be at stake when La Nucia and Elche face each other at Estadi Olimpic Gamilo Cano. Cesar Ferrando’s troops kicked off their Copa del Rey campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Calahorra, but they are on a four-game winless run in Segunda Division B. La Nucia face an uphill task in Wednesday’s clash, and, one thing is for sure, they will adopt a defence-minded approach against Elche.
The La Liga side, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Athletic Club. Los Franjiverdes are on a ten-game winless run in the Spanish top flight, and, no doubt, a win over La Nucia in the Copa del Rey will give them a confidence boost. Elche footballers are likely to fight tooth and nail against La Nucia, and we predict that they will prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Victor Rodriguez):
Victor Rodriguez is a professional player who began his senior career at Vilajuiga, playing 36 matches for the club and scoring 11 goals. After spending three years at Badalona the pacey winger joined Zaragoza and it has to be noted that he scored six goals in 72 appearances for the Estadio La Romareda outfit in La Liga.
On 7 August, 2014 Victor Rodriguez signed a three-year deal with Elche, but in August 2015 he was sent to Getafe on loan. Rodriguez scored two goals in 33 appearances for los Azulones in the 2015/2016 Primera Division campaign, but following Getafe’s relegation to Segunda Division, he signed a four-year deal with Sporting Gijon in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Victor Rodriguez has yet to make his Spain debut, but he played for Catalonia in a friendly game. The Sporting Gijon winger is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well. Rodriguez was born in Barcelona on 23 July, 1989.
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.