Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction, Los Blancos want to end the 8-year wait for the Copa del Rey – NBCNEWS

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Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction, Los Blancos Want to End the 8 Year Wait for the Copa del Rey


Real Madrid will be looking to book their place in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals when they face fellow La Liga side Elche on Friday (21/1) CET in Manuel Martínez Valero.

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Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao to win the Spanish Super Cup at the weekend, while Elche snatched a 1-0 win over Villarreal in La Liga in their most recent outing.

Match Preview

Elche have reached the last 16 of the Copa del Rey for the first time since the 2014-15 season, but they will have to put in their best form to progress further, having secured the draw to face La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Elche won three games to reach this stage of the competition, overcoming Leioa, Unionistas de Salamanca and Almeria, and they have actually won five of their last six in the competition so will be pretty confident going into this encounter. Moreover, they also recorded successive league wins over Espanyol and Villarreal.

Real Madrid added to their already packed trophy collection at the weekend by beating Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final, with Luka Modric and Karim Benzema the goalscorers in Saudi Arabia.

Los Blancos also top of La Liga, five points clear of second-placed Sevilla, while they will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, as Carlo Ancelotti enjoys a great start at the Bernabeu after returning to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2021. then.

Meeting Record

Real Madrid have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches against Elche with their most recent meeting coming in October 2021 when Vinicius Junior scored twice to bring Los Blancos won 1-2 away.

Team News

Enzo Roco is absent for Elche, while Pablo Piatti, Fidel, Helibelton Palacios and Kiko Casilla have contracted Covid.

Marco Asensio (muscle), Mariano Diaz (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (back) are all ruled out through injury, while Sergio Arribas and Daniel Carvajal have Covid. Eder Militao suspended for Madrid.

Player Estimate

Elche XI (4-4-2): Edgar Badia; Johan Mojica, Gonzalo Verdu, Diego Gonzalez, Antonio Barragan; Gerard Gumbau, Omar Mascarell, Pere Milla, Tete Morente; Lucas Perez, Lucas Boye

Real Madrid XI (4-4-2): Andriy Lunin; Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo; Eduardo Camavinga, Daniel Ceballos, Federico Valverde; Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Rodrygo Goes

Prediction

Despite the possibility that Carlo Ancelotti will make several rotations in his team’s starting XI, Real Madrid should still be quite strong given the quality of the squad they have. Los Blancos will be keen to end their eight-year wait to win the Copa del Rey and hope to get past Elche’s challenge here.

Score Prediction: Elche 1-2 Real Madrid

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