Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Atletico Madrid will be aiming to retain second position in the standings when they face Elche at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valeron on Sunday afternoon. Los Rojiblancos have been scoring goals for fun of late and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the rock-bottom side. All Angel Correa, Memphis Depay, Marcos Llorente, Stefan Savic, and Reinildo Mandava remain in the recovery room, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Meanwhile, los Franjiverdes are stuck at the bottom with only 16 points on their account. Since Elche have already suffered relegation to Segunda Division, anything but a routine away win would be a big surprise. Ezequiel Ponce is widely expected to return to the starting XI after finding the net in a 2-1 loss to Almeria, while Helibelton Palacios remains on the sidelines with injury. Both Omar Mascarell and Pedro Bigas are major doubts.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
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.