Cadiz vs Elche Match Preview & Predictions

Cadiz vs Elche

Cadiz vs Elche predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as the visitors aim to keep their survival hopes alive.

Date Sunday 16th May 2021
Kick-Off 18:30 (local time)
Stadium Ramon de Carranza
Competition LaLiga

Cadiz vs Elche Preview

Cadiz stadium
Ramon de Carranza via Joselulobato13, CC BY-SA 4.0

Elche head to the Estadio Ramón de Carranza on the penultimate matchday knowing that only a win will keep their slim survival hopes alive. Los Franjiverdes’ midweek loss to fellow relegation battlers Alavés and Huesca’s win over Athletic means that Elche’s relegation will be confirmed if they lose to Cádiz on Sunday. It’s a meeting of two promoted sides – the hosts have already confirmed their stay in the Primera for another season but a lot has to go in the visitors’ favour if they are to avoid the drop.

Cádiz don’t have anything to play for in the final two matchdays except league position. They can break the record of their highest-ever LaLiga finish of 12th place achieved in the 1987-88 season. El Submarino Amarillo are 12th at the moment too with 43 points, only three less than 9th placed Athletic, and so a top-10 finish cannot be ruled out.

After consecutive wins over Granada and Huesca which secured their Primera status for next season, Álvaro Cervera’s men suffered a 3-2 loss on Sunday at the hands of Osasuna in Pamplona. On a positive note, Cádiz have scored in all of their last four games and goals aren’t as hard to come by now as was the case for most of the season. It’s an impressive feat to be 12 points above the drop zone in their first season back in the top-flight, managing so without their passionate fans.

Elche’s 2-0 loss in the critical relegation six-pointer against Alavés on Tuesday means that they already have one foot in the Segunda for next season. Joselu and Luis Rioja combined together twice to score for the Basques on either side of half time. And although Lucas Boyé tested Fernando Pacheco on a couple of occasions, the Alavés keeper was always equal to it. But overall, the hosts surprisingly never really got going in the match. Elche have been decent at home, especially after Fran Escribá’s arrival, and have scraped together some important home wins against bottom-half sides. On Tuesday however, Alavés’ hunger and firepower was just too much for them.

It’s all hands on deck now for Los Franjiverdes. If they are to survive this season, it will have to be as dramatic as their promotion last season. Their form away from the Martínez Valero is pretty miserable – only two points in 2021 and no wins since October. On Sunday, winning is the only option for Elche. They also have to hope for favourable results elsewhere because even a win might not be enough to keep them up.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Cadiz Wins, 1 Elche Win, 3 Draws.
  • The last 3 meetings have been drawn.
  • Cadiz have won 4 of the last 6 clashes in Andalusia, drawing the other 2.
  • The sides drew 1-1 in Elche earlier this term.

Team News

José Marí and Fali are back from suspension for the hosts. Juan Cala and Álex Fernández are ruled out. Carlos Akapo is a doubt after suffering a groin injury against Osasuna. Salvi Sánchez is doubtful too.

Elche have Raúl Guti returning from a ban. Johan Mojica should be the only absentee for the visitors.

Predicted Cadiz Starting Lineup:

Ledesma – Espino, Mauro, Fali, Iza – Perea, Marí, Jønsson, Sobrino – Negredo, Šaponjić (4-4-2)

Predicted Elche Starting Lineup:

Gazzaniga – Josema, Verdú, Calvo, Palacios – Fidel, Guti, Marcone, Piatti – Boyé, Milla (4-4-2)

Cadiz vs Elche Prediction: 1-1 Draw

Cádiz have been a side who do well when they’re under no pressure and can play fearlessly. Elche are almost the opposite – the higher the pressure gets, the worse they do. Furthermore, their terrible away record and recent form do not suggest three points in Andalusia for the visitors. The best-case scenario looks like a draw – a result which may not relegate Elche officially, but can make it a formality come the final matchday.

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Based in New Delhi, Akhil follows LaLiga and Spanish football religiously. Currently a novice in the world of football writing, he fancies expressing his passion for the league through words.