Elche vs Espanyol Prediction & Match Preview

Elche vs Espanyol LaLiga Prediction by LeagueLane

Elche vs Espanyol
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 23 October 2021
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero.

Espanyol have recently been on a great run, and they even had a confidence-boosting win against Real Madrid. They are expected to secure another win this weekend, against the struggling Elche.

Elche vs Espanyol Head-to-head

  • 100% of encounters after 1990 had goals from both teams.
  • Since 2003, only one meeting had failed to have three or more goals.
  • Not once have the hosts kept a clean sheet at this venue since 1989.
  • Espanyol have a 100% unbeaten record, barring just two losses.

Elche vs Espanyol Prediction & Analysis

Elche lost 2-1 on the road the last match-day, against Vallecano. They had also lost three of their preceding four fixtures, and they have a total of seven official wins since the first week of January.

On the other hand, Espanyol had registered a 2-0 win at home the past game week, against Cadiz. They had won three of their last four overall games – which included a win against 13-time European champions Real Madrid.

In fact, they have lost just thrice so far in 2021-22, and two of these defeats had come against Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla.

On top of that, they also have an impressive h2h record against this rival over the years.

Judging these factors, expect a win for Espanyol this weekend.

However, their defense has been a little worrisome on the road lately. Only once have they managed to keep a clean sheet this season, while Elche have been finding the back of the net consistently, despite all their problems.

As such, expect goals to come from either side of the pitch this Saturday.

Key Stats for Betting

  • Elche have won just twice all through this new season, and one of these wins had come against the 20th placed Getafe. The other victory had come against the 15th placed Celta Vigo.
  • Only the two bottom-most teams have scored fewer goals than them in this edition of the La Liga.
  • However, do note that only once have they failed to score at home in 2021-22. Against Athletic Bilbao.
  • Espanyol might be a recently-promoted team, but their stint in the Segunda seems to have given them confidence. They have won three of their past four fixtures, with the only defeat during the stretch coming against Sevilla.
  • Be that as it may, note that they have a single clean sheet on the road so far this campaign.

Tips for Elche vs Espanyol

  • Espanyol to Win @ 2.80 (9/5)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 2.20 (6/5).