La Liga Match Preview: Elche vs. Getafe

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Updated: March 31, 2014
Elche and Getafe

Match Date: 06 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Martinez Valero

 

Clubs, which are in the rock bottom pit of the table, are not the only ones struggling in Spain’s top-flight league. Squads, which, are also on the brink of slipping into the dreaded zone are also immersed into a fierce and ruthless battle. Classic examples of these are Elche and Getafe. Elche occupies the 15th spot whereas Getafe shortly follows. As the season is about to end, these two are willing to fight tooth and nail just to be spared from a tough survival battle.

 

The Franjiverdes just clinched its 2nd consecutive draw in its last 6 matches. It could have been a satisfactory result but this does not erase the fact that it has only managed to win once within those 6 matches. Nevertheless, such state barely bothers Fran Escriba. The truth is, the club’s head honcho is satisfied with the draw against Villarreal.
For Escriba, what is more important is that they earn points and stay out of the relegation zone. This realistic perspective has somehow eased the tension and pressure felt by Elche in its bid to continue its stay in La Liga. And indeed, there is truth to what he said. In tough times, it does not matter whether a squad earned 3 points or just a mere point—what is more important is they get points to stay away from hitting the rock bottom part of the table.

 

Perhaps another source of Escriba’s confidence is his squad’s strong performance at home. They have not tasted a single defeat in their last 7 encounters at home. Moreover, they were also able to keep a clean sheet in 6 of them.

 

Now that the odds seem to work into their favor, perhaps the only thing that Elche needs is to deliver.

 

Unfortunately, Getafe will less likely allow their opponent to get the best out of them. They just came from a well-deserved win against Valencia where they were able to score 3 important goals. Aside from that, it also helped them catapult their rank to the 16th spot of the table and leave the relegation zone. With a renewed confidence, it is less likely for Getafe to throw the white towel easily.

 

Prediction: Elche

There is a possibility for the match to end in an even steven finish, given the determination of both squads to veer away from the relegation zone. Nevertheless, if one has to look at the numbers, it is evident that Elche is the top pick of 12BET. A draw is valued at 3.10 in the said sports betting site.

 

 

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