Elche vs Valencia predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups ahead of this derby in the Valencian Community.
|Saturday 19th March 2022
|16:15 (local time)
Elche vs Valencia Preview
There’s a regional derby this weekend in the Valencian Community as Elche and Valencia face off. Aside from a dose of local pride, this is one of the few games this weekend where there’s not really a great deal at stake with Elche edging towards safety while Los Che look too far back to make a serious challenge for the European places.
Victory for Elche would move them onto 35 points. That’s just 1 shy of their total tally last season which was enough to keep them up and it seems pretty clear at this point that Elche are a stronger outfit this season overall. Much of the credit for that should go to Francisco who has improved matters across the pitch since taking charge in November but he has also built on some of the solid foundations left by predecessor Fran Escriba.
Most notably Elche have continued to perform well at home, which was a key ingredient in their successful battle against the drop last season. Their nine home fixtures this term against sides ranked outside the current top five have produced 5 wins and 4 draws with only 6 goals conceded. The Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero has been an awkward place for visiting teams to go for over twelve months now, although it was an important 1-0 win away at Granada last weekend which really propelled Elche towards the brink of safety.
Valencia will be wary of Elche’s strong home record but they also have a pretty good record when it comes to playing away against the weaker sides. They’ve only lost 1 of their 9 road games against teams from 6th down in the current standings. Los Che have managed to keep a clean sheet in their last 2 away games against Mallorca and Getafe and head into this one unbeaten in 3 matches overall in LaLiga.
Much of the focus for Valencia this season is now on the Copa del Rey Final which takes place next month in Seville. There will be one or two places up for grabs in that team so motivation shouldn’t be a factor but Jose Bordalas will also be hoping to use this period to nurse one or two players back to fitness and they still have several absentees here. The Valencia boss must also make a decision on whether to stick with impressive youngster Giorgi Mamardashvili in goal or revert to the experienced Jasper Cillessen who could be available for selection once more here following surgery to remove a blood clot.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Elche Win, 5 Valencia Wins.
- Elche were 2-1 winners in this fixture last season.
- Valencia have won the 2 meetings at Mestalla since then.
- Their last win on this ground was via a 4-0 margin in LaLiga in 2015.
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Elche vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: Elche 1-1 Valencia
It’s tough to pick a winner here when you look at those respective stats which show how tough Elche are to beat at home, but also how Valencia rarely get rolled over on the road, at least by teams outside of the top five. A point apiece looks perhaps the most likely outcome and that wouldn’t be a terrible result for either side.
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