Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Benito Villamarin will host Sunday’s football game between Real Betis and Elche. Los Beticos suffered back-to-back defeats to Real Sociedad (0-3) and Atletico Madrid (0-2) in the previous two league fixtures, but they are still seen as favourites to beat Elche at home. Full-back Martin Montoya, who was sent off in the defeat to los Rojiblancos, is out of contention through suspension.
Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late. Following a 2-0 win at Alaves, Elche did well to beat Valencia in their last league fixtures. The visitors are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Seville, but beating Real Betis on the road is easier said than done. The hosts want this win more than the visitors, and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Andalusians this time out.
Highlighted Player (Àlex Moreno):
Alex Moreno is a Spanish footballer who was born in Sant Sadurni on June 8, 1993. Moreno is a product of Vilafranca youth football school, but in 2011 he moved to Barca’s youth academy La Masia. During the 2012/2013 season the 179-cm tall winger played for Llagostera, with the Spaniard moving to Mallorca at the end of the campaign.
Alex Moreno then signed a four-year contract with fellow Spanish side Rayo Vallecano, making his La Liga debut on September 14, 2014. The pacey winger played for Elche on loan as well, scoring two goals in 40 appearances for los Franjiverdes.
Alex Moreno returned to Rayo in 2016 and he has been playing for los Vallecanos ever since. Moreno’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a left-back as well. His contract should expire on June 30, 2019, but it has the option for a further year. Moreno wears No. 7 jersey at Rayo Vallecano.
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.