Real Madrid vs Elche CF LaLiga LIVE Football Score 23 Jan 2022
About the match
Real Madrid is going head to head with Elche CF starting on 23 Jan 2022 at 15:15 UTC at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga.
Elche are set to play hosts to Real Madrid at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on Wednesday in their next La Liga game.
Elche come into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against 10-man Osasuna on Tuesday at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Goals from winger Fidel and Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo for Elche were cancelled out by goals from winger Ruben Garcia and Serbia international Darko Brasanac for Osasuna, who had midfielder Inigo Perez sent off late in the second half.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, beat Granada 2-0 on Wednesday at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Goals from Brazilian midfielder Casemiro and veteran French striker Karim Benzema sealed the victory for Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
Elche vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
In four previous encounters between the two sides, Real Madrid hold the clear advantage, having won three games and drawn one.
The two clubs last faced each other way back in 2015 in La Liga, with Real Madrid beating Elche 2-0. France international Karim Benzema and Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus, scored the goals for Los Blancos.
Elche vs Real Madrid Team News
Elche have no known injury issues, and manager Jorge Almiron is expected to have a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid will be without young Brazil international Rodrygo and veteran Croatian midfielder Luka Modric, who are both out due to injuries.
Elche vs Real Madrid Predicted XI
Elche Predicted XI (4-3-3): Edgar Badia, Antonio Barragan, Gonzalo Verdu, Dani Calvo, Juan Sanchez Mino, Ivan Marcone, Tete Morente, Fidel, Josan, Lucas Boye, Emiliano Rigoni
Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard
Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction
Elche sit 16th in the league table, having been promoted this season. They have some experienced players in the form of former AS Monaco and Southampton striker Guido Carrillo and Argentina international Emiliano Rigoni.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been in good form in recent weeks. Striker Karim Benzema continues to lead the line with aplomb. Veteran players like Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have all put in fine performances to help Los Blancos sit second in the table.
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.
Meanwhile, Enzo Roco is still out with a muscular problem, but the visitors did not pick up any fresh concerns in Thursday’s Copa del Rey contest.
There will be changes to the side that lined up in the cup, though, with Tete Morente, Pere Milla, Verdu and Edgar Badia among those in line to return to the starting XI in La Liga.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema, Rodrygo
Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Barragan, Verdu, Gonzalez, Mojica; Morente, Mascarell, Gumbau, Milla; Perez, Carrillo