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Mar 6, 2021 at 3.15pm UK at Martinez Valero
ElcheElche
2-1
SevillaSevilla
Guti (70'), Carrillo (76')
Marcone (2'), Boye (47'), Barragan (64'), Fidel (90+2')
FT(HT: 0-0)
de Jong (90')

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

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

Sevilla will hope to overcome their Copa del Rey elimination woes on Saturday when they play Elche in La Liga at the Estadio Martinez Valero.

With just one win in their last 19 league games, the likeliness of 19th-placed Elche playing Segunda Division football next season is becoming more and more probable. Three points this weekend is a must for returning Elche boss Fran Escriba.


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Elche's Fidel celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates against Real Madrid on December 30, 2020© Reuters

From the outset, things do not look promising for Elche. Not only are Sevilla one of the most in-form sides in the division, but Elche's record against the La Liga heavyweights is far from inspiring.

Los Franjiverdes have not won any of their last 10 league matches against Sevilla, including four games when Escriba was last at the club.

However, La Liga is nothing if not surprising and Sevilla have had a particularly tough week. A shock win for Elche would be the first time since 2015 that the club have won back-to-back home games.

Last time out in the league, Elche were outperformed by Granada in a match that ended 2-1 to the Andalusians.

Ambivalent after the match, Escriba told the press: "Sometimes you win these games and sometimes you lose them." If the Valencian coach is serious about the club's survival, his side will have to start winning a lot more than they are losing.

Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri pictured in February 2021© Reuters

It often appears absurd how quickly things can change in football. Prior to last weekend, Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla were playing without any limitations and the sky was the limit.

This weekend, Lopetegui's men will be looking to get back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Barcelona in La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

The Andalusian side's 2-0 loss to Barca last weekend in the league was bettered only by the 3-0 drubbing they received in their midweek Copa semi-final 2nd leg.

Still, all is not lost for this Sevilla side who have performed spectacularly in the latter stages of this campaign. One league loss after six back-to-back victories is not a bad record at all.

In fact, if Sevilla come away with all three points on Saturday, it would be the first time in the club's history that the team has won four league away games on the bounce in the same season.

Elche La Liga form: LDLWLL

Sevilla La Liga form: WWWWWL
Sevilla form (all competitions): WWLWLL


Team News

Sevilla head coach Julen Lopetegui pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Despite the fixtures coming thick and fast for Sevilla, Lopetegui has managed to keep his squad both lean and healthy.

The only absentee for Lopetegui coming into this tie is Aleix Vidal, who is unavailable due to a hamstring injury.

Likewise, Escriba also has a largely fit squad to choose from ahead of this tie.

Emiliano Rigoni is the only member of his side unavailable as he is nursing a hamstring injury.

Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Barragan, Gonzalo, Calvo, Mojica; Morente, Guti, Marcone, Fidel; Boye, Carrillo

Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bono; Vidal, Kounde, Carlos, Acuna; Jordan, Rakitic, Oliver; Gomez, En-Nesyri, Ocampos


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We say: Elche 0-1 Sevilla

Sevilla have had a big hiccup this week and it could be difficult for them to dust themselves off, especially when Elche will likely come out fighting for their lives. Regardless of the circumstances, we think Sevilla will come away with the points from this one.



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