Despite having had just five training sessions, the new Elche coach, Fran Escribá, has returned the illusion to the franjiverde fan, who today (Martínez Valero, 14 hours, LaLiga matchday 24) hopes that his team will finally break the second worst streak in its history of 16 games without a win. The opportunity is unique, but the Elche team will have a firm and elevated obstacle: José Luis Mendilibar’s Eibar, a school coach who gives his teams a unique character brimming with dedication, claw and honor.
The Basque team will measure the effect of positivity that Escribá has brought to the French-green players and fans. Eibar is a direct rival for permanence. Winning him would not only end the negative dynamic of results. It would also make it possible to leave the relegation places. Elche won in Ipurúa in the first round of the championship. 0-1 with a goal from Lucas Boyé. The Basque team has three more points than the Elites, so a victory would allow them to tie on points and, with two victories – at home and at home – surpass them in the particular goal-average and, if Valladolid loses in Zorrilla with Real Madrid , leave the positions that mark the descent to Second.
The benefits of victory are evident and Escribá passes his first exam today in an early final in order to maintain the category. On the positive side, the coach recovers two important players, Josan and Johan Mojica, who have spent this week in cotton after retiring from last day’s game against Celta. The crevillentino suffered a blow to the front of the thigh. The Colombian too, but in the hamstring area, where the French-green squad has suffered so many injuries this season. Both can play. The same as Nino, who returns after missing the previous game due to abdominal discomfort.
On the negative side, Fidel is still unable to enter a convocation. Although Escribá pointed out that his recovery is good and has improved a lot, he also said that he does not want to force his return in response to the demanding upcoming calendar. As for Diego González, this week he also had problems with his hamstrings, where he has already suffered a couple of injuries. Those will be the only two casualties, along with that of the youth squad Jony Álamo.
The first eleven of the new technician will not be revolutionary and will be quite similar to the last drawn by Almirón. Anyway, Escribá has already made it clear that he wants to print his stamp with a balanced team in defense and attack.
Edgar Badia will undoubtedly be the goalkeeper. On the right side, everything points to Barragán playing because of his experience, despite the fact that Cifu was a starter in the last two games with Almirón. With Mojica recovered, it seems clear that the Colombian will play on the left side and another fixed on the defense is Gonzalo Verdú, who would be accompanied in the center of the rear by Josema, who at first could have played on the left side if Mojica had not been recovered in time. But when the Colombian is ready and with the loss of Diego González, the Murcian will be the companion of the Cartagena. Dani Calvo also has options, but he hasn’t had many minutes this season.
In the center of the field, except for surprise, the double pivot will be formed by Iván Marcone and Raúl Guti. On the wings, Rigoni could act on the left with a changed leg and on the right, although Josan is ready, Escribá could reserve him in case he needed it during the match and start Tete Morente or even Pere Milla heeled to the right to help the side to close one of the most important players of Eibar such as Bryan Gil. In attack will be the two forwards who have been playing in recent games: Lucas Boyé and Guido Carrillo.
For his part, Mendilibar has the doubts of Rober Correa and Kevin Rodrigues. As for the eleven, Bigas will return to the axis of the defense together with Oliveira, and the wings will be for Arbilla and Rafa Soares. Dmitrovic will save the goal. In the center you can line up Inui, Exposito, Diop or Recio and Bryan Gil. In attack, the tips Kike García and Sergi Enrich usually act.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.