Real Madrid vs Elche CF LIVE Football Score 20 Jan 2022
Elche will welcome Real Madrid to Estadio Manuel Valero for a round-of-16 fixture in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Both sides will be seeking to secure progress to the last eight. The hosts secured their place at this stage by virtue of a 2-1 comeback victory away to Almeria that saw Pablo Piatti and Raul Guti score second half goals.
Real Madrid progressed at the expense of Alcoyano with a 3-1 victory away from home. They come into this game fresh from their 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao to win their 12th Spanish Super Cup trophy on Sunday.
Elche secured maximum points in a 1-0 shock victory over Villarreal on home turf in the league. Argentine forward Lucas Boye stepped off the bench to score the winner in the 78th minute.
Elche vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
Real Madrid have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches against Elche.
Their most recent meeting came in October 2021 when Vinicius Junior scored a brace to guide Los Blancos to a 2-1 victory away from home.
The home side are currently on a three-game winning run in all competitions that has helped boost their survival hopes. Real Madrid have bounced back from their shock defeat to Getafe by winning four matches on the bounce.
Elche form guide (all competitions): W-W-W-D-L
Real Madrid form guide (all competitions): W-W-W-W-L
Elche vs Real Madrid Team News
Enzo Roco has been ruled out with a muscle injury while Pablo Piatti, Fidel, Helibelton Palacios and Kiko Casilla are all in self-isolation due to COVID-19.
Injury: Enzo Roco
COVID-19: Pablo Piatti, Fidel, Helibelton Palacios, Kiko Casilla
Marco Asensio (muscle), Mariano Diaz (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (back) have all been sidelined with injuries. Sergio Arribas and Daniel Carvajal are in self-isolation while Eder Militao is suspended due to the red card he received in the Super Cup final.
Injury: Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, Gareth Bale
COVID-19: Sergio Arribas, Daniel Carvajal
Suspension: Eder Militao
Elche vs Real Madrid Predicted XI
Elche Predicted XI (4-4-2): Edgar Badia (GK); Johan Mojica, Gonzalo Verdu, Diego Gonzalez, Antonio Barragan; Gerard Gumbau, Omar Mascarell, Pere Milla, Tete Morente; Lucas Perez, Lucas Boye
Real Madrid Predicted XI (4-4-2): Andriy Lunin (GK); Marcelo, David Alaba, Rafa Marin, Nacho Fernandez; Eduardo Camavinga, Daniel Ceballos, Federico Valverde; Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior
Elche vs Real Madrid Prediction
Despite being likely to field a second-string side, Real Madrid will still enter the game as heavy favorites and will be keen to continue their quest to end their eight-year wait for Copa del Rey glory.
Real Madrid will be bidding to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey when they head to fellow La Liga outfit Elche on Thursday night.
Los Blancos beat Athletic Bilbao to win the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, while Elche will enter the contest off the back of a 1-0 victory over Villarreal in La Liga last time out.
Elche have reached the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, but they will have to be at their best to advance any further, having been drawn against the La Liga leaders.
Los Franjiverdes have had to win three matches to reach this stage of the competition, overcoming Leioa, Unionistas de Salamanca and Almeria, and they have actually been victorious in five of their last six games in this competition.
Elche have also triumphed in their last three games in all competitions, beating Almeria in the Copa del Rey on January 6 before recording back-to-back league victories over Espanyol and Villarreal.
Francisco’s side have moved into 15th spot in La Liga due to their recent wins, five points clear of the relegation zone, so they will enter Thursday’s match in good confidence despite their status as underdogs.
Elche will again face Real Madrid in the league this weekend, and the two recent meetings between the pair have been close affairs, with Los Blancos winning 2-1 on both occasions, while the points were shared in a 1-1 draw when they locked horns during the 2020-21 La Liga campaign.