Segunda play-off winners Elche host Real Madrid on the final round of La Liga action this year. Los Blancos may trail bitter foes Atletico Madrid in the table, but Zinedine Zidane’s troops have collected maximum points from each of their last four domestic matches and the race for the title is likely to come down to the capital clubs.
Where and when: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche – 30 December, kick-off 20:30
Where you can see Elche vs. Real Madrid: LaLigaTV
Last time: Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo netted for Los Blancos in February 2015.
Elche v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Los Franjiverdes bolstered the ranks in the summer with the arrivals of Lucas Boye, Ivan Marcone, Youssouf Koné, Emiliano Rigoni, Antonio Barragán and Guido Carrillo, who is hoping to kick-start his career after playing just seven times for Southampton.
South American joined the Premier League outfit in 2018 for a club record £19m but was quickly shipped out on loan. The 29-year-old has turned out for Leganes and Monaco, but is making a fresh start under Jorge Almiron. Carrillo is already off the mark for Los Franjiverdes and available at 19/2 to notch anytime.
Team-mate Boye will lead the line and the Torino owned forward has also struggled to hold down a place for an extended period of time. The Argentine linked up with his new colleagues in September and there is an option to make the move more permanent in the May. Boye has looked bright and is 14/1 to break the deadlock and give Elche a shock lead. The home dressing room are 10/1 to pull off a shock result and a draw is 19/4.
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Visitors Real Madrid have relieved the pressure on Zidane in the best way possible with victories over three big rivals. Los Blancos got the better of Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao, two notoriously difficult opponents, and claimed bragging rights against Los Rojiblancos.
The World Cup winner knows the demands of the job and progression to the Champions League Round of 16 could be the turning point for Los Blancos. Zidane has two generals on field in Sergio Ramos and Benzema, and his countryman is deservedly receiving recognition.
The Real spearhead has 11 goals and five assists from 17 appearances and is rightly considered one of the continent’s star forwards. Benzema is 5/2 to open proceedings and Ramos, who is just as important at the top end of the pitch, is 6/1. Los Blancos are 1/4 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Elche: Rigoni is hoping to rediscover the form that earned him two international caps with Argentina in 2017. The tricky winger is 19/2 to bag the final effort.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Luka Modric continues to roll back the years and will be a huge loss when he retires or seeks one final challenge. The 2018 Ballon d’Or victor is 16/5 to score anytime.
Long shot: Elche have acquitted themselves reasonably well on their return to Spain’s top tier. Los Franjiverdes have beaten Valencia, and held both Celta Vigo and Villarreal, but the champions will be the toughest test yet for Almiron’s squad. A 4-0 away success, which would be Real’s biggest win of the league campaign, is 12/1.