Real Madrid return to domestic action in midweek after winning the Club World Cup over the weekend. They currently find themselves eleven points off Barcelona, and will desperately need to claim victory at home against Elche on Wednesday.
La Liga Preview
It looks set to be a struggling end to the campaign for Real Madrid if they are to retain their La Liga title this term. They currently sit eleven points off the pace in the Spanish top-flight, and have won just once in their previous three matches in the league. However, Real would have built confidence following their success in the Club World Cup over the weekend, as they registered a 5-3 success over Al-Hilal. Vinicius Jr and Federico Valverde both netted braces in that win.
But, their attention turns back to their La Liga title defence this week, as they bid to bounce back from a third defeat of the campaign in their previous fixture. That loss was suffered on the road against Mallorca, as they managed just a single shot on target against their rivals, despite boasting 74% of the possession. A much better performance will be needed on Wednesday.
Real will be heavy favourites in the betting, as Elche remain bottom of the standings after winning just once in 20 league outings this term. They are already 12 points from safety at this stage, and a survival bid looks extremely unlikely. Elche has already allowed 40 goals in the league this term, which means that they are averaging at least two goals against in each fixture.
However, they do come into this fixture after ending their long wait for a first league win of the season in their previous fixture. That success was picked up against Villarreal at home, with Pere Milla scoring all three goals.
Real Madrid vs Elche Head to Head
Real Madrid has gone 23 home matches against Elche in La Liga without suckering a defeat. Over that period, they have picked up 19 victories. Elche has however collected points from two of their previous five visits to the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid vs Elche Prediction
This should be a straightforward return to league action for Real Madrid on Wednesday. They have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks in La Liga, but they should face minimal issues against the league’s worst defence. We could see the hosts securing a 3-0 win.
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