The meeting comes at a good time for both teams. Elche counts their home games by victories since Fran Escribá’s arrival on the bench, while Betis presents an almost impeccable trajectory in 2021, with only two defeats.
Elche, forced to add to keep their distance with the relegation, recovers for this match the winger Antonio Barragán, ex Betis, and Nino, who missed the last matches due to injury. Finally, Escribá will be able to count on the winger Josan Ferrández, who despite suffering discomfort in the twin in recent days has recovered and arrives at the game on time.
The great absence in Elche is that of its top scorer, Argentine Lucas Boyé, who will miss this match due to federal sanction. Pere Milla, who has already played and scored against Getafe, is emerging as his replacement and partner of Argentine Guido Carrillo.
The main unknown in the line-up is on the right side, although everything indicates that the Colombian Helibelton Palacios, who has performed at a good level in recent games, will continue despite the return of Barragán.
For his part, Betis coach, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, will have to dose your squad and see the state in which your six internationals have been incorporated throughout this weekAlthough most of them are key in the Santiago coach’s schemes and it is unlikely that they do not have a starting point in Elche territory.
The Chilean Claudio Bravo has returned with force to the verdiblanca goal and he has once again become an important piece due to his seniority, his ability to command that make him almost an elongated hand for Pellegrini in the field. Other Betic internationals that are essential for Pellegrini are the Algerian center-back Aïssa Mandi and the left-back Juan Miranda, in addition to the Spanish Sergio Canales, who will continue with their total security in the Betic eleven despite the selection commitments they have completed.
The same will not happen with the midfielder Andrew SavedAs Pellegrini revealed in his appearance yesterday that all the internationals came well except the Mexican, who had a muscle problem and therefore did not play his last game with his national team. Therefore, the absence of Guarded will give the opportunity to the Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho. The Betic rear will be completed on the right-hand side by the Brazilian Emerson Royal and for his axis, Pellegrini has the options of Víctor Ruiz, the first, and Marc Bartra, once recovered from the heel injury and his gallbladder problems that kept in the dry dock since last December. The balance of the Betic gear goes through the Argentine midfielder Guido Rodríguez, the quality of Canales and the unbalancing capacity of the French international Nabil Fekir, author against Levante of one of the best goals so far in LaLiga.
With alternatives in the midfielder and the extremes such as Cristian Tello, Aitor Ruibal or the Mexican Diego Lainez, the axis of the attack will fall back on the recovered Borja Iglesias, although he could also have options throughout the Loren Morón game.
“We cannot think that the Atlético game next week will be more difficult than Elche’s, it would be a big mistake. With Escribá they have improved, but we work giving priority to our virtues, although it is true that he has two very tall players, who are good headers.», Stated Manuel Pellegrini.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.