Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Tuesday’s football game at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero pits together Elche and Girona, the two teams who are desperate to secure the La Liga survival. Elche do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team collecting only four points in total from possible 39, and they must be low on spirits following back-to-back defeats to Getafe and Real Valladolid. The likes of Federico Fernandez, Helibelton Palacios, Javier Pastore, and Fidel should miss out with injuries for the home team.
The Catalans, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 home win over Athletic Club, but they have yet to record a triumph on the road this term. Taking everything into account, the share of spoils is on the horizon at “Martinez Valero”. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the midweek clash, but veteran striker Stuani could sneak into the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Enzo Roco):
Enzo Roco is one of the young and exciting defenders coming out of Chile in the recent times. The 23-year-old started in the youth teams at Universidad Catolica and moved up the ranks. He was promoted to their first team in 2011 and in three years with them played more than 90 matches.
He established himself in the first team and was an omnipresent figure at the back for the team that won Primera Division and Copa Chile titles. Roco moved to the Spanish club Elche on loan in 2014 and by the next year he was at their fellow Spanish club RCD Espanyol.
Roco’s international appearance started with the under-17 squad in 2009 while his senior international debut was in 2012. He was named in the 30-man list by Jorge Sampaoli for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but was cut from the final list.
Highlighted Team (Girona):
After several unsuccessful attempts, finally secured promotion to Primera Division at the end of the 2016/2017 season. The Catalan outfit finished the campaign in second place in the standings, 14 points behind Levante and only two clear of third-placed Getafe. Girona play their home games at Montilivi and the capacity of the venue is 9.286.
Speaking of the club history, Girona were founded in the café Norat in La Rambla of Girona on July 23, 1930 and they played their first official game against Colonia Artigas. A number of Spanish coaches were in charge of the team in the past, but it has to be noted that Uruguayan tactician Dagoberto Moll (1965/1966) and Karoly Plattko (1948/1949) of Hungary were in charge of the club as well.
The Catalan team wear white shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their shorts is blue. The team’s away kits are blue and black and Sporting Gijon are considered one of Girona’s fiercest rivals.