Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Elche play host to Valencia at their Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on day 7 of the new La Liga campaign. Elche kicked off the new La Liga campaign with a heavy 3-0 loss to Real Sociedad, but they have been producing fine displays of late. The newcomers are undefeated in the previous three league fixtures, and, no doubt, they are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Valencia.
The likes of Boye, Cifuentes, and Sanchez are all likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts. Los Che, on the other hand, are paying price for the club management’s poor summer decisions. Several first-team regulars left the club in the last transfer window, and it is no wonder Valencia sit in the 13th place in the standings. Given Elche’s current form, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Kondogbia and Mangala are both out of contention for los Che.
Highlighted Player (Victor Rodriguez):
Victor Rodriguez is a professional player who began his senior career at Vilajuiga, playing 36 matches for the club and scoring 11 goals. After spending three years at Badalona the pacey winger joined Zaragoza and it has to be noted that he scored six goals in 72 appearances for the Estadio La Romareda outfit in La Liga.
On 7 August, 2014 Victor Rodriguez signed a three-year deal with Elche, but in August 2015 he was sent to Getafe on loan. Rodriguez scored two goals in 33 appearances for los Azulones in the 2015/2016 Primera Division campaign, but following Getafe’s relegation to Segunda Division, he signed a four-year deal with Sporting Gijon in the 2016 summer transfer window.
Victor Rodriguez has yet to make his Spain debut, but he played for Catalonia in a friendly game. The Sporting Gijon winger is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well. Rodriguez was born in Barcelona on 23 July, 1989.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.