MX23RW : Saturday, December 4 16:46:12| >> :600:253603:253603:
Oct 26, 2021 at 6pm UK at Mendizorroza, Vitoria, Basque Country
AlavesAlaves
1-0
ElcheElche
N'Diaye (47')
Navarro (18')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Roco (42')

Preview: Alaves vs. Elche - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's La Liga clash between Alaves and Elche, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Alaves will be looking to make it back-to-back victories in La Liga when they welcome Elche to Estadio de Mendizorroza on Tuesday night.

The home side will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 victory over Cadiz on Saturday, while Elche played out a 2-2 draw with Espanyol in their last match in Spain's top flight.


Match preview

Alaves coach Javier Calleja reacts on September 25, 2021© Reuters

Alaves have won two and lost seven of their nine league matches this season to collect six points, which has left them in 18th position in the table, but they will enter Tuesday night's fixture off the back of a positive result.

Indeed, a brace from Joselu saw the Basque outfit record a two-goal win over Cadiz on Saturday, while they also beat the champions Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the end of September.

El Glorioso are actually in their sixth straight season at this level of football, but they have ended the last two campaigns in 16th position, and it appears that the team will face a battle to avoid relegation this term.

Javier Calleja's side will be wary of suffering a disappointing result in this match considering that two of their next four opponents in the league are Barcelona and Sevilla.

Alaves recorded a 2-0 victory over Elche when the two teams last locked horns in May, but they suffered a 2-0 loss in the corresponding clash between the sides last term.

Elche's Gonzalo Verdu in action with Atletico Madrid's Thomas Lemar on August 22, 2021© Reuters

Elche, meanwhile, played out a 2-2 draw with Espanyol on Saturday, with Dario Benedetto coming off the bench to secure a share of the spoils for the home team at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

A record of two wins, four draws and four defeats from 10 matches has seen Los Franjiverdes collect 10 points, which has left them in 14th position in the table.

Elche only just survived an immediate relegation back to the Segunda Division last season, with a total of 36 points from 38 matches seeing them finish 17th, just two points above the bottom three.

Fran Escriba's team will be looking to beat the teams around them this season as they bid to stay in the top tier, and there is no downplaying the importance of Tuesday's contest, particularly considering that their next game after this one is at home to title hopefuls Real Madrid.

Alaves La Liga form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • W

Elche La Liga form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D



Team News

Manchester United's Facundo Pellistri in action for Alaves in March 2021© Reuters

Alaves have no confirmed absentees for Tuesday night's contest, meaning that Calleja has plenty of decisions to make when it comes to team selection.

Pere Pons impressed off the bench against Cadiz and could now come into the starting side, potentially taking the place of Manu Garcia, which was the alteration that occurred on Saturday.

It could otherwise be the same team that took to the field for the first whistle against Cadiz, though, with on-loan Manchester United attacker Facundo Pellistri set to feature on the right once again.

Elche's squad is also in excellent shape, and the visitors could also have a full set of players to choose from providing that there are no setbacks in training ahead of the game.

Benedetto came off the bench to score an equaliser against Espanyol on Saturday, and the Argentine could replace Lucas Perez in the final third of the field.

Pere Milla and Tete Morente are also pushing to be involved from the start, but head coach Escriba is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack despite the relatively quick turnaround.

Alaves possible starting lineup:
Pacheco; Navarro, Miazga, Laguardia, Duarte; Loum, Moya; Pellistri, Pons, Rioja; Joselu

Elche possible starting lineup:
Casilla; Barragan, Verdu, Bigas, Mojica; Fidel, Guti, Mascarell, Pastore; Boye, Benedetto


SM words green background

We say: Alaves 1-1 Elche

This is a very difficult match to call, and it would not be a surprise to see a home or an away victory on Tuesday night. There is not an awful lot between the two sides in terms of quality, though, and we are expecting a tight contest, so have had to settle on a low-scoring draw at Estadio de Mendizorroza.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 2.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 2.5:data


ID:468239:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect9322:

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!


How you voted: Alaves vs Elche

Alaves
56.4%
Draw
30.7%
Elche
12.9%
140
Collect / Create New Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Athletic Bilbao players celebrate scoring against Barcelona on August 21, 2021
Read Next:
Saturday's La Liga predictions including Athletic Bilbao vs. Villarreal
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
FA Cup
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
League One
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Swedish Allsvenskan
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Ligue 2
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Australian A-League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid15113135152036
2Sevilla1594225111431
3Atletico MadridAtletico1485126141229
4Real Sociedad158521911829
5Real Betis158342518727
6Rayo Vallecano157352316724
7Barcelona146532316723
8Athletic Bilbao154831311220
9Espanyol155551514120
10Osasuna155551519-420
11Valencia154742221119
12Villarreal153751617-116
13Celta Vigo154471619-316
14Mallorca153751422-816
15Granada153661623-715
16AlavesAlaves154291221-914
17ElcheElche152671221-912
18CadizCadiz152671327-1412
19Getafe152491019-910
20Levante150781328-157

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!