Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Villarreal play host to Elche at their Estadio de la Ceramica in the La Liga round 6. The Yellow Submarine failed to impress in a goalless draw with Mallorca, but keep in mind that head coach Unai Emery rested several first-team regulars in the Visit Mallorca Estadi clash. Both Dani Parejo and Alberto Moreno return to the starting XI, while the midweek game comes too early for key attacker Gerard Moreno.
As a result, Boulaye Dia should continue to lead the line for the hosts. Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Levante. Elche are not regarded as good travelers, and seeing that important footballers return to Villarreal’s starting XI, we are tempted to put our money on Unai Emery’s troops. Pedro Bigas should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
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.