Lugo vs Elche by Jimeno
Lugo is now having three matches without defeat and surely that their point away from home against Sevilla B last weekend represents a decent outcome, however the team could have earned much more despite being under dogs during the match. Visitors took the lead first, in 66th minute with a goal from Miquel and looked decent on the field, however due to lack of concentration towards the end of the match they conceded the equalizer in first minute of additional tie via Gual.
Overall, it was quite a defensive game and it's a pity that Lugo lost two points since the hosts scored a goal out of rare chance during the game. Lugo is now at seventh position, having thirty-six points earned so far which is two less than teams inside the play-off zone. This means that the team needs to record a victory here, especially since they are known for way better performances in front of their own crowd (the team has 23 points earned in front of own fans in comparison to only 13 on the road). Left winger Adria Carmona (3/0) is injured for this one.
Elche took only a point in a home match against UCAM Murcia last weekend, almost with the same scenario as Lugo did in a 1:1 draw. Players of Elche took the lead in eight minute already from a penalty kick taken by Nino, remaining overall better on the field and with a bit more of ball possession.
UCAM Murcia looked a bit more defensive, however they risked more towards the end of the match and got the equalizing goal in third minute of additional time from a penalty kick taken by Jona. Same as Lugo's game, this match was almost a bit more defensive one and without much of interesting moments. After this match, Elche remains in the middle of the table with thirty-one point, as they remain seven points behind play-off placed sides, but also with just four more than relegating placed Cordoba, meaning that their path in the season is yet to be determined.
Elche will miss defensive midfielder Mandi (2/0), central midfielder Javier Matilla (14/2) and forward Pedro (19/1) due injuries.
Elche prefers a bit more offensive approach away from home and that's what we should see here as well. Lugo will surely be attacking and trying to get the three pointer, but their determination and reliability is far away from a perfect one. I expect both teams to be way more concrete than last weekend and my first choice remains both teams to score.