Elche CF vs Sevilla FC Preview 28/08/2021
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Sevilla are the early pacesetters in La Liga and are a perfect six points from six after two matchdays. On Saturday, Los Rojiblancos visit Elche seeking a third straight win to start off the La Liga campaign.
Elche are at the opposite end of the table having taken one point from the first six points available to them. The Green Striped Ones claimed a nil-nil draw against Athletic Club to start the campaign before falling 1-0 at Atletico Madrid on matchday 2.
💚💪 Seguimos con el 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗮𝗷𝗼 en el Martínez Valero 👊 pic.twitter.com/QnYcq5piXr
— Elche Club de Fútbol 🌴 (@elchecf) August 27, 2021
Fran Escriba’s team are expected to fight relegation this season, just as they did in 2020-21. It is unlikely to be a pretty campaign for the team.
There could be hope for Elche to get points this weekend, however. Last season, Elche claimed a 2-1 home win against Sevilla in shock fashion. Raul Guti and Guido Carrillo scored in the span of six minutes. Luuk de Jong’s goal for Sevilla was merely a consolation strike as Elche won the fixture.
Sevilla did claim a 2-0 win at home in the reverse fixture with goals scored on either side of halftime. Games between these sides have been few and far between due to Elche most playing in the Segunda over the last few years.
Between 2013 and 2021, Elche and Sevilla met just six times in La Liga. Sevilla claimed a 4W-1D-1L during that time period.
Escriba has one new injury to contend with going into the game on Saturday. Pablo Piatti is suffering from a knock and is a doubt to play in the game.
Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has two players on the injury list as Lucas Ocampos and Oliver Torres have muscle injuries. Neither is expected to play this weekend.
Erik Lamela joined Sevilla in the summer as part of the transfer that sent Bryan Gil to Tottenham Hotspur. Lamela has scored three goals in two appearances already. His 92nd-minute goal against Getafe on matchday 2 handed Sevilla a 1-0 win. It could be a vital result in the La Liga title race.
Sevilla are going all-in on the La Liga title this season. Due to the financial issues at Barcelona and Real Madrid, Los Rojiblancos have identified this season as the one that could finally see them win a La Liga time for the first time since 1945-46.
Saturday’s game should see Sevilla continue their good run of form with a win at Elche. It should be a routine victory with Lopetegui’s team claiming a win to nil with under 2.5 goals scored.
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