Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad in San Sebastian, Villarreal will be aiming to start a new winning run in La Liga when they host Elche at their Estadio de la Ceramica on Matchday 12. The Yellow Submarine obviously play an important role in La Liga this season, and they are seen as hot favourites to win Sunday’s football match. Even though the likes of Alcacer, Gomez, and Alberto Moreno are likely to miss the game with injury, home win should be considered as Villarreal have been producing excellent displays in the first half of the season.
Los Franjiverdes are on a four-game winless run in the Spanish top flight, and seeing that the Yellow Submarine have turned their Estadio de la Ceramica into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Villarreal.
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.