On the blue bench will be José Bordalás, former Green-Franj coach, who will face the club that catapulted him into the elite of Spanish football. The Alicante coach has as assistants two other trainers who once passed through Martínez Valero, such as Javier Vidal and Patri. In addition, it has players with a brilliant past in Elche such as Xabi Etxeita, Ángel Rodríguez and Damián Suárez, although the Uruguayan will miss the game due to suspension.
On the Elche side, Fran Escribá returns to the Alfonso Pérez Coliseum, where he was fired after an ill-fated season that ended with the Madrid team descending to the Second Division. In that 2015-2016 season, Víctor Rodríguez, who will be a substitute today, also wore blue.
As if that were not enough, Escribá was dismissed at Villarreal and Celta after losing a match against Getafe de Bordalás. Time has passed and now the paths and objectives are different, but surely the Valencian coach wants to remove the thorn from that curse.
Regardless of memories, the most important are the three points. Both teams are separated by only four and a victory from Elche would allow them to take a giant step on their way to permanence and would put Madrid in trouble. A victory for Getafe would take him seven points away from the franjiverdes, with the winning goal – he won 1-3 at Martínez Valero, and with an important cushion, which would give him some peace of mind.
Write will also look for your first positive result at home. In the four previous meetings they lost to Barcelona (3-0), Granada (2-1), Real Madrid (2-1) and Sevilla (2-1). In all those games, against large-scale rivals Elche, they have given the stature and shown a good image, but as the Valencian coach himself said last Friday he would have changed it by having added some more points.
Barragán has not recovered in time from his muscular discomfort and will have to wait until after next week’s break to return. Nino, also with adductor problems, has been left out of the squad for the second consecutive game.
The positive news is the return of Argentine Emi Rigoni, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury.
Fran Escribá has shaped his “eleven type” and no surprises are expected in the starting team. Colombian Helibelton Palacios, who had a good performance in his debut last Wednesday at Sánchez Pizjuán, will initially play again. In Seville Josema occupied the left side to rest Johan Mojica, but everything indicates that the Colombian will occupy the left-handed lane again.
The only question is who will play on the far right. Tete Morente and Josan compete for a position. The crevillentino was chosen in Seville, but today it seems that the Cadiz will be. Lucas Boyé and Guido Carrillo will continue to be the attacking pair.
In Getafe, Bordalás has numerous casualties, especially on the right side, where he cannot count on the sanctioned Damián and Nyom. The central Djené could be the alternative. Forwards Juan Mata, suspended, and “Cucho” Hernández, injured; together with the central Cabaco, they will also miss the match.
The people of Elche managed to tie in their two previous visits in First
Elche has not been bad at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in the First Division. In his two previous visits, also with Fran Escribá on the bench, he achieved two draws. The last time that both teams met in the Madrid fiefdom was on November 8, 2014 and the result was a goalless draw. In the previous season, in 2013-2014, the franjiverdes also started a tied to one. Pedro León advanced to the azulones and Boakye tied for the Elche. Boakye was also decisive in the second round match in the clash played at the Martínez Valero. The Ghanaian striker scored a goal in the 90th minute that was essential for Elche’s permanence. The balance of the Elche clashes in the First Division and with Escribá on the bench is one victory, two draws and only one defeat. Today, the Valencian coach has the opportunity to win for the first time at the Coliseum. They would mean three vital points and settle outstanding accounts with Getafe and Bordalás, who beat them in their two previous clashes and ended up dismissed with Villarreal and Celta.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.