Preview: Sevilla vs. Elche

Preview: Sevilla vs. Elche

Title hopefuls Sevilla will be looking to return to winning ways in La Liga when they welcome an in-form Elche to Estadio Ramon on Friday night.

The home side are currently second in the table, six points behind leaders Real Madrid, while Elche occupy 14th position, eight points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the next set of fixtures.

Sevilla are still very much in the La Liga title race, picking up 47 points from their opening 23 matches of the season, which has left them second, six points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Julen Lopetegui’s side are also seven points ahead of third-placed Betis and nine clear of fourth-placed Barcelona, but they are without a victory in Spain’s top flight since January 9, drawing each of their last three against Valencia, Celta Vigo and Osasuna, which has seen them lose precious ground.

Sevilla have not won La Liga since 1946 and have not finished higher than fourth since 2009, which is an indication of the strength of their season to date, but it is vital that they return to winning ways as soon as possible.

The Red and Whites are not only focusing on the league, though, as they will take on Dinamo Zagreb in the knockout round of the Europa League, with the first leg to take place on February 17 in Seville.

Lopetegui’s team have the second-best home record in Spain’s top flight this season, collecting 27 points from 11 matches, and they will be facing an Elche side that have won just twice on the road in La Liga this term.

Elche held Sevilla to a 1-1 draw when the two sides locked horns in the reverse match earlier this season, but they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Estadio Ramon during the 2020-21 campaign.

The visitors will be the underdogs on Friday night, but there is no question that they will enter the match full of confidence, having put together a five-game unbeaten run in the league, recording three wins in the process.

Francisco’s side have won three of their last four in Spain’s top flight, including a 3-1 success over Alaves on February 5, with Pere Milla netting a brace during a strong performance at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

Elche finished 17th in La Liga last term, only two points clear of the relegation zone, but they are currently up in 14th position, eight points clear of the bottom three.

Los Franjiverdes have not managed to secure back-to-back seasons at this level of football since 2015 but look well-placed to retain their top-flight status for another campaign.

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We say: Sevilla 1-0 Elche
This is a tough match for Sevilla, as Elche will enter the match full of confidence. Lopetegui’s side need to pick up all three points in order to stay in touch with Real Madrid, though, and we are expecting the title hopefuls to navigate their way to a huge victory at Estadio Ramon.

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