Spain have had a very active start to the new calendar year, in football terms. The second round in the Primera is already in progress after the break, and there was a cup round in between as well. This time, Espanyol and Elche will play later. The favourites, of course, are the hosts, but can they confirm their status – the visitors are also in dire need of points… The editorial team of the website publishes the forecast for the important match on January 10, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at how to register with 1xbet.
Espanyol look like a serious team
The Parrots have only benefited from spending a year in the Segunda. It has worked akin to a purification – it is now quite a capable squad that is led by an interesting specialist, Vicente Moreno. It is already uncomfortable to even talk about survival in the Primera as the task for the season, because they managed to finish the 1st round at the top of the table, in 9th place. They are 10 points away from the relegation zone – a handicap like that is unlikely to be lost. However, it seems that the Catalan club do not intend to limit themselves to implementing the minimum programme. Espanyol started the year 2022 with an away win. And, after losing to Valencia in the Mestalla until the 83rd minute, the Parrots made it 2-1 in their favour.
Elche’s performance was quite expected
The Green and Stripes are in the danger zone. Only by extra points did they manage to come above the relegation zone at the start of the 2nd round. But, of course, with 16 points after 19 matches, you can’t relax anywhere. Alaves had a change of mentor, and did not immediately lose to Real Sociedad. But Francisco’s men also managed to take another point. They drew 0-0 at home to Granada. On the one hand, of course, in the situation in which the club finds itself, it would be necessary to play for a win in their own arena. But on the other hand, as early as the 47th minute Diego Gonzalez got a “red card”, and basically the entire 2nd half the Greens and Stripes had to play in the minority. In such a situation, just not losing was not a bad result either. Especially as it was at the same time a rehearsal of how to play in Barcelona.
Elche have lost only 1 match out of the last 5 (however, they also managed to win only twice). Including in October, the clubs played 2-2 on the field of the “green-and-stripe”.
The stronger team is now playing on home field. Without making anything up, we bet on Espanyol managing to beat Elche on Monday (odds – 1.88).