Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Celta Vigo play host to Elche at their Estadio de Balaidos in the La Liga round 37. Os Celeste have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team losing to Barcelona, beating Alaves, while sharing the spoils with Granada. The Galicians have little to play for in the penultimate game of the season, but their pride is at stake. Defender Jeison Murillo is banned following his sending off in the Camp Nou defeat, while both Nolito and Santi Mina remain in the recovery room.
In their absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Iago Aspas, who found the net in the last league fixture. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid at the weekend. Elche have already secured the La Liga survival, which is probably the main reason why home win should be considered. Ezequiel Ponce is back from suspension for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Hugo Mallo):
Hugo Mallo is a Spanish footballer who plays for Celta Vigo as a full back. Mallo, who is a capable of playing at centre back if needed, was born in Marin on 22 June, 1991 and he has been playing for Os Celeste since 2009.
During his youth career Hugo Mallo played for the likes of Porvir and Pontevedra, but he made the biggest progress at Celta Vigo. The Celta defender has three caps for Spain U21 team and he played for the U19 and the U20 teams as well in the past. On 9 January, 2013, Mallo suffered a serious knee injury and, as a result, he was forced to miss the rest of the season.
The right-footed player has a contract with Celta Vigo which expires on 30 June, 2019. You should bear in mind that he scored one goal in 34 appearances for the Galician outfit in the 2015/2016 Primera Division campaign. In the 2014/2015 campaign he scored four goals for Celta in the national championship.
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.