Of course, practically all the possibilities to continue in the First Division of the franjiverdes go through winning tomorrow (20 hours), at Martínez Valero, at Alavés.
A victory against the Basque team would leave Elche with its options intact and with a calendar, a priori, more favorable than that of the rest of its rivals.
The result of Valladolid was yet to be known and the pucelanos, who are the team that currently marks the fine line that separates the permanence of the relegation, fell thrashed in Mestalla against Valencia (3-0).
That leaves the franjiverdes one step away from leaving the red zone. A victory against Alavés would allow the people of Elche to surpass the Vitorians in the standings and get a point that, in reality, would be two, because Escribá’s team would win the private goal, since they won in Mendizorroza.
In addition, Calleja’s team would have two difficult matches ahead against Granada, who do not play anything, but in the last visit Sánchez Pizjuán to face Sevilla.
For its part, Elche has, a priori, two more affordable games. In the Carranza against a Cádiz that has already been certified for permanence and on the last day he receives an Athletic Club de Bilbao, with little or nothing at stake, because, except for surprise, he will arrive at Martínez Valero without options of reaching a position to dispute next season European competition.
Therefore, if Elche surpasses Alavés tomorrow, it would already leave a rival below in the classification. And surpassing another would not be complicated. Valladolid adds only one more point. But the pucelanos are the ones with the worst calendar. In the last three days, Sergio González’s team faces Villarreal, who are fighting for Europe, at home; later visit to the Real Sociedad, that also wants to finish in the fifth position; while on the last day they host Atlético de Madrid, who will play the title in Seville.
Another of the rivals that also has a difficult League final is Huesca de Pacheta, which has 30 points, just like the people from Elche. The Huesca players play against Athletic Club in El Alcoraz on Thursday, on the penultimate day they visit Betis and close the championship at home with Valencia, who will no longer play anything.
Even, if Elche beat Alavés tomorrow, indirectly, it could also do Huesca a favor and it would allow to increase, considerably, the possibilities of permanence of the Pacheta team, which would also be something that a good part of the French-green fans would also welcome.
Eibar dreams and Getafe suffers
For their part, Eibar and Getafe, who seemed to already have little to say in the fight for salvation, because the people of Eibar were hopeless and the people of Madrid saved, some still dream and others suffer. Eibar won yesterday in Getafe (0-1) and has settled with 29 points. Although he faces a very complicated calendar, with clashes against Betis, Valencia and Barcelona, they dream of a miracle.
The Bordalás team has 34 points and would have to practically lose all three games to be relegated. It remains to play against Celta, Levante and Granada. A priori he has it easy, but it cannot be neglected.
What is clear is that Elche is still very much alive and more than ever it has permanence in its hand. But everything will depend on tomorrow’s grand final against Alavés. It’s going to be a life or death match.
The fans recover their illusion and turn to the players
The franjiverde fans have been very attentive to the matches of the Elche rivals during the weekend. The samples of joy to see how Valladolid and Huesca lost and Alavés did not go beyond the tie have been numerous through social networks. The fans have recovered the illusion before the new scenario that is presented to the Escribá team to achieve permanence. For this reason, they are giving encouragement to the players and are preparing a great reception in tomorrow’s decisive match against Alavés.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.