Elche vs. Rayo Vallecano Preview: Relegation Battles Toughen For Both Squads

Updated: January 13, 2014
Rayo Vallecano

Relegation battles continue to toughen as squads rally for their survival this season. Elche and Rayo Vallecano, for example are two (2) of the clubs expected to put up a down the wire match as they both try to ensure a safe spot in Spain’s top flight league and become one of the top picks of online bookies.


Match Date: 18 January 2014 (local time)
Venue: Martínez Valero
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Fran Escriba’s distressed and frustrated perspectives towards the Sevilla match were highly understandable. The draw did more damage to the club instead of helping them avoid the tight relegation battle.


Elche currently sits on the 17th spot of the La Liga table. They could have moved higher if not for the shocking draw against Sevilla. Christian Herrera converted a late rally in the match. Certainly, it was a great boost to the club’s confidence. However, several minutes before the final whistle, Sevilla’s Carrico converted a shot, which left Elche with no other option but to settle for an even steven finish.
Given this aspect at hand, Elche’s only resort is to survive the match against Rayo Vallecano. They need to score more points and build a safety zone that will prevent them from spiraling downwards just in case their next match, which is against Real Sociedad do not turn out right.


Rayo Vallecano

Contrary to Escriba’s disappointment, Rayo Vallecano’s head honcho, Paco Jemez cannot help but express his satisfaction over the club’s triumph against Getafe.


It was a narrow win for Rayo Vallecano. But the victory was more than enough to boost their confidence in the upcoming match. However, Jemez does not disregards the fact that they are still on the relegation zone and that they must be consistent for them to survive this season’s ordeal. Jemez and the rest of his boys look forward to scoring another important win when they meet Elche.


Online betting top pick: Stalemate

Elche is still safe from the relegation zone. Indeed, this can easily give them the edge. Unfortunately, their record of being defeated in nine (9) of their last ten (10) matches, compromises their ability of clinching another win.


On the other hand, Rayo Vallecano’s most recent victory triggered a dose of hope. Expect them to feature during the upcoming match and force a draw rather than waving the white flag.



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