Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After sharing the spoils with Atletico Madrid on Monday evening, Celta Vigo will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they host Elche at their Estadio de Balaidos on Matchday 23. Os Celeste showed character in their last league match, with the team scoring the equalizer in the stoppage time. The Galicians aim to move closer to the Europa League berth, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Elche.
Both Alvarez and Junca are likely to miss the game with injuries. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, remain in the relegation zone, and seeing that Celta have been showing signs of improvement ever since Eduardo Coudet took over the reins, home win should be considered. It has to be noted that all Barragan, Tete Morente, and Verdu return from suspension for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jeison Murillo):
Jeison Murillo is a 24-year-old Colombian defender who plays for Inter Milan in Serie A. The centre back started in the youth teams of Deportivo Cali but made his senior professional bow with Udinese and Granada, as part of the partnership agreement between the clubs.
He moved on a permanent basis to Granada in 2011 but spent most of his time on loans at fellow Spanish league clubs Cadiz and Las Palmas. His talent was there for everyone to see and soon he would end up moving to Inter Milan in 2015. Murillo made his international debut for Colombia in 2014.
He was also a member of the 2015 Copa America squad and scored his solitary goal in national colors against Brazil. He would go on to win the “Best Young Player” of the tournament. Murillo is a hard-tackling no-nonsense centre back and is regarded as a ball-playing defender, which is almost a rarity in world football.
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.