Elche vs Granada
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 13 September 2018
Kick-Off at 21:00 UK / 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, Elche.
Elche clawed their way back to Segunda Divison through promotional play-offs last term, but they will have a mountain to climb to stay there after a dismal kick off to the new campaign in higher division. They took just two points from opening games having netted no more than one goal in the process.
It’s certainly not the kind of mood the head coach Jose Rojo Pacheta wanted at this stage of the campaign. Can his troops find the way out of the crisis on Thursday evening when they host Granada in the second round of Copa del Rey?
It will be anything but an easy task for Los Ilicitanos given they’ll be up against a very strong opposition determined to leave a deep mark in Segunda football this year. Granada boosted up their confidence with impressive back-to-back league wins over Osasuna and Extramadura and they have to be considered favourites here.
Elche vs Granada: Head-to-head
- Elche have never managed to see off Granada and this will be their 11th head to head encounters.
- Interestingly, as many as seven of ten H2H affairs ended without a winner.
- Just one of these ten outings saw three or more goals scored.
- The two sides have already met each other at the start of Segunda Division. They shared spoils in a goalless draw a month ago at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Elche vs Granada: Prediction
Granada have won two and drawn one of three league games ever since the opening round clash with Elche and we just have to try with the away win at the sky-high 3.20 odds here.
Diego Martinez’s side should really be able to keep things tight at the back against the struggling opposition as they conceded no more than two goals so far in the season.
The job at the other end has been successfully done by left-winger Antonio Puertas whose brace against Extremadura took his league tally to three goals after four rounds.
Elche scored just one at the same time and we have to try with Granada’s clean sheet as an alternative bet at 2.75.
Elche vs Granada: Bet Tips
Granada to win @ 11/5 (3.20)
Granada to keep a clean sheet @ 7/5 (2.80).