The match between Elche and Real Zaragoza at the Martínez Valero stadium will be one of the great duels of the day. The ilicitano set, sixth classified, faces the commitment at its best moment of the season against an opponent who occupies third place and is calling to settle in the positions of the ascent zone after adding six games without losing. Both teams will jump to the grass with their gala lineups.
Possible alignment of Elche against Real Zaragoza
José Rojo ‘Pacheta’, coach of Elche, maintains the speech that the goal of his team is permanence, from which ten points are separated, although he admits that a victory against a rival of the magnitude of Zaragoza “would trigger” confidence of his players to fight for other goals.
The ilicitano team will not be able to count on this match with the midfielder Víctor Rodríguez, one of the incorporations in the winter market, who suffers from muscular discomforts that have prevented him from debuting.
Pacheta can count on the rest of the signings, although the coach has insisted that they should wait to win their chance at the good level that the headlines are showing.
The only doubts are at the extremes, where Iván Sánchez, Josan and Fidel will fight for two places in the starting eleven, while Pere Milla and Kid, which will be honored in the prolegomena of the game after becoming the top scorer of the entity, are fixed on the attack front.
Possible alignment of Real Zaragoza against Elche
Real Zaragoza wants to assert in the Martínez Valero del Elche stadium his good career away from home this season to take all three points against a direct rival in the fight for promotion promotion positions.
The Aragonese team has only lost three games away from La Romareda of the twelve he has played having added 19 points and in this, and in the strength he is showing back (he has only conceded four goals in the last eight games), he wants to support to continue aspiring to be not only in the Promotion zone but also to continue fighting for a direct promotion that has two points with a less played match.
For this reason, winning in illicit lands would add up to more than three points since it would leave Elche seven away and with the particular difference in favor since the hands won in the first round match played in Zaragoza.
For this meeting the team will have the casualties of captains Zapater and Javi Ros, in addition to that of the Japanese Shinji Kagawa, all of them due to injury, and also that of the Portuguese André Pereira to whom medical tests have ruled out that he suffers an injury but That continues with physical problems.
The main novelty is the presence of the newly signed Jorge Franco “Burgui”, who could have his first minutes in Elche, although not as a starter.
With respect to the previous meeting there could be some modification in the center of the defense where ‘Pichu’ Atienza, Alberto Guitián and the Moroccan El Yamiq would play the two starting positions.
Elche: Edgar Badía; Óscar Gil, Gonzalo Verdú, Dani Calvo, Juan Cruz; Folch, Mfulu, Josan, Nino, Fidel and Pere Milla.
Real Zaragoza: Cristian Álvarez; Vigaray, Atienza, Guitián or El Yamiq, Nieto; Soro, Raúl Guti, Eguaras, James or Dani Torres; Puado and Luis Suarez.
Referee: Ocón Arráiz (Riojano Committee).
Stadium: Martínez Valero.
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Television: GOL and Movistar LaLiga1.