Elche vs Real Madrid: prediction for the Copa del Rey fixture
Elche got off to a confident start in the Spanish Cup, team beat Lejona (2:0) and after that they narrowly beat Unionistas (1:0) and Almeria, in the match against Segunda team The White-Greens recorded a comeback victory.
After 21 rounds of La Liga Francisco's men have five victories and seven draws, which brought 22 points and a 15th spot in the standings. Team's offensive line is too weak, they scored only 21 goals and conceded way more.
In 2022 The Green-striped ones are unbeaten so far - a draw against Granada (0:0), a victory over Espanyol (2:1) and an unexpected victory over Villarreal (1:0). Hosts are currently on a three-game winning streak.
It is uncertain, whether Carillo will play.
Madrid team will be in a good mood before this match - Real already claimed the first trophy in 2022. In mini-tournament at Saudi Arabia The Blancos managed to beat Barcelona (3:2 a.e.t.) and Athletic (2:0), which brought them their 12th Spanish Super Cup.
After 21st round of La Liga Carlo Ancelotti's men are at the top spot. Blancos have 15 victories and four draws, which brought 49 points, five more than their closest competitor. Team has the best goal-scoring record in the league, they scored 45 goals. Karim Benzema is still the best goal-scorer.
In the first game of 2022 team suffered a defeat to Getafe (0:1), but then recorded a home victory over Valencia (4:1). Team also performed successfully in the Champions League, Galacticos advanced into the playoffs from the 1st position. On their way to this match of Spanish Cup team recorded a victory over Alcoyano (3:1).
Alaba, Carvajal, Diaz and Bale won't feature in the match.
Real won 4 out of 5 most recent head-to-head matches
This bet played in 3 out of 5 most recent matches of Real
In 2 out of 4 most recent head-to-head matches goals were scored in both halves
In 3 out of 6 most recent head-to-head matches no penalties were given
In this match we will place a bet on the visitors. Hosts put up a string of victories, but we don't think that the White-Greens have a chance in the match against one of La Liga leaders. Madrid team is in a great form now. Moreover, Real will be in a great mood after a victory in the Super Cup, so we think that Carlo Ancelotti will motivate his team for a victory in the match against Elche.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) on Real Madrid
We are not expecting a blowout here - visitors will soon play in La Liga, plus they recently had matches in the Super Cup and a long flight from Saudi Arabia. Nonetheless, we think that the capital club will secure a comfortable victory by two goals.
Our second bet is on Real Madrid to win by two goals