Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After lifting their fifth FIFA Club World Cup trophy thanks to a 5-3 win over Al-Hilal, Real Madrid will look to keep their La Liga title hopes alive when they take on Elche in a postponed Primera Division game. Los Blancos are eleven points behind league leaders Barcelona, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Karim Benzema and Co. The French attacker has overcome his injury, as well as Eder Militao, while Vinicius Junior is banned for the match.
The visitors, on the other hand, are stuck at the bottom with only 9 points on their account, and given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. In the first half of the season Real Madrid recorded a routine 3-0 win over Elche, who will be without Alamo, Chetauya, Collado, Milla, and Tete Morente in the midweek clash.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
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.