Real Madrid VS Elche Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Jan 2022
Real Madrid will be hoping to keep their noses in front in the La Liga title race as they gear up to take on Elche CF in Matchday 22 of the 2021/22 La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend. Real Madrid sit atop the table after 21 rounds of fixtures with a four-point lead over second-placed Sevilla. However, that could reduce to just one before Los Blancos take the field as their closest competitors play Celta Vigo on Saturday. Following their surprise 1-0 defeat to Getafe, Carlo Ancelotti’s side has recovered well, winning five in five across all competitions, building important momentum for the second half of the season.
Elche have pulled themselves four points clear of the relegation zones, drawing against Granada and defeating Espanyol and Villarreal in their last three league games. They have lost only one of their previous five matches in all competitions, although it came in their latest encounter, against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey earlier this week. However, Francisco’s side did come close to causing an upset and will back themselves to put up a fight again on Sunday. Real Madrid beat Elche 2-1 in the reverse fixture, with goals coming from Eder Militao and Vinicius Junior. Los Blancos prevailed by the same scoreline against Los Franjiverdes in their Copa Del Rey clash earlier this week. Ahead of their third meeting of the season, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.
Real Madrid will once again be without the services of Dani Carvajal as he continues to recover from COVID-19. Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo and Mariano Diaz miss out due to injury problems, but Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois are back in the squad after missing the cup tie against Elche. With the team set to get an extended break over the next week, Carlo Ancelotti will set out his strongest possible lineup on Sunday as he looks to tighten his team’s grip at the top. So Courtois ought to return to the side and will be shielded by the back four of Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy.
Toni Kroos is likely to retain his place in the lineup for Sunday’s league encounter. He will welcome his regular partners, Casemiro and Luka Modric back into the side, with Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde dropping to the bench. Karim Benzema is set to replace Luka Jovic as the main striker for the Merengues. Support from the wide areas ought to come from the Brazilian duo of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes. Eden Hazard, who scored the winning goal in the cup tie, will remain an option from the bench, along with Gareth Bale, who is included in the squad for the game.
Real Madrid’s five-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday as Los Blancos played to a 1-1 draw against Elche on the road in La Liga. Real Madrid were coming off a 2-0 win against Granada, but failed to continue the dominating play from last week. Manager Zinedine Zidane rolled his team out in an attempt to solidify his starting XI moving forward perhaps, opting to give Marco Asensio the start for the injured Rodrygo. Marcelo returned on the backline.
It was a promising start for Real Madrid, who got off on a quick start in front of goal with both Kroos and Marcelo making their presence felt with opportunities on the ball with attempts on net. Los Blancos would eventually break through on goal in the opening 20 minutes with a goal from Luka Modric. Kroos and Modric would link up with Asensio on a run, but his shot from outside the box was too strong and rang the crossbar. The ball squeaked out to a darting Modric, who was making a follow up run and scored the opening header for Madrid’s opening goal.
Los Blancos have now won each of their last five games in all competitions, including a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final last weekend, while their last league match on January 8 ended in a 4-1 home success over Valencia. A total of 49 points from 21 matches has left Real Madrid top of the table, four points clear of second-placed Sevilla, while they are 16 points ahead of the reigning champions Atletico Madrid and 17 clear of Barcelona, with neither side able to launch a title challenge this term.
Having already won the Spanish Super Cup, Los Blancos will be targeting a clean sweep in La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, and it is vital that they put another three points on the board this weekend ahead of their return to action against Granada on February 6. Real Madrid have won seven and drawn three of their 10 home league matches this season, while Elche have collected just eight points from their 11 games on their travels; Ancelotti’s side also ran out 2-1 winners when the pair locked horns in the reverse game back in October.
Elche entered Thursday’s clash with Real Madrid off the back of three straight wins in all competitions, including their last two against Espanyol and Villarreal in Spain’s top flight. Francisco’s side will have been boosted by their performance against Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey, while their recent victories in the league have moved them up into 15th spot in the table, now five points clear of the relegation zone at a key stage of the campaign.
Real Madrid will again be without the services of Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz through injury, but Dani Carvajal could potentially be available, having recently been absent due to a positive COVID-19 test. Eder Militao is back from a suspension and will come into the starting side, while Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Karim Benzema will also return to the first XI following Thursday’s Copa del Rey encounter with their opponents this weekend.
Hazard and Isco came off the bench to score last time out, but it seems likely that Rodrygo will feature alongside Benzema and Vinicius Junior in the final third of the field, while Ancelotti will again send his first-choice midfield three onto the field for the league fixture. As for Elche, Josema, Javier Pastore, Pablo Piatti, Helibelton Palacios and Kiko Casilla remain doubts following recent positive COVID-19 tests.
Elche finished 17th in La Liga last term, just two points above the relegation zone, and they are bidding to make it back-to-back seasons at this level of football for the first time since 2015. Los Franjiverdes will certainly be the underdogs as they head to the Spanish capital on Sunday, but the recent meetings between the two sides have been close encounters, with Real Madrid only winning 2-1 in their last three matches, while Elche held Los Blancos to a draw in the league back in October 2020.