Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero will host Friday’s football game between Elche and Real Betis, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Los Franjiverdes are stuck at the bottom with only nine points in their pockets, and they must be low on spirits following a heart-breaking loss to Espanyol. Jose Angel Carmona is banned for the match, while all Pere Milla, Alex Collado, John Donald Chetauya, and Jony Alamo miss out with injuries.
Los Beticos, on the other hand, are eyeing a spot in the Champions League, and given their fine performances in back-to-back wins over Almeria (3-2) and Real Valladolid (2-1), we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Andalusian outfit. All Borja Iglesias, Rodrigo Sanchez, Paul Akouokou, and Juan Cruz should miss out with injuries, speaking of the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (William Carvalho):
Angola-born defensive midfielder William Carvalho has overseen a dramatic rise in his stock over the past few seasons at Sporting. William Carvalho is coming from a proper football family since his father and grandfather were also footballers, but his way to the top has had a somewhat dramatic twist to it.
Carvalho moved to Portugal as a child and first started playing football in the streets before he was picked up by Recreativos Desportivos de Algueriao. William Carvalho joined the Sporting football academy at the age of 13 The 24-year-old Portugal star player has spent two years on loan at Fatima and Cercle Brugge, before he got the chance to cement his place in the starting line-up for Portuguese giants.
William Carvalho came through all youth ranks with the Portugal national team, while he was given his senior debut in 2013. Carvalho played an important role in his country’s maiden European Championship title in France over the summer.
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.