Almeria vs Elche by Jimeno
Almeria suffered narrow 1:0 defeat last weekend when the team visited Sevilla B, but it can't be said that the result comes as a huge surprise since the team didn't perform that well so far outside of their own home. Home side took the lead already in 13th minute with a goal from Gonzalez, with the visiting side actually being better for the most of the game.
They even missed a penalty kick in the 49th minute and were especially better from 72nd minute on, but without a chance on the scoreline. Almeria is now at 20th position with only fourteen points earned out of fourteen matches, which puts them just a point below the safely placed sides - on the other hand, they are also just a point above rock bottom placed Gimnastic. Coming back to home ground, they surely want to continue streak of four undefeated matches, including last two weeks and continue their detachment from the relegation zone. Home side will miss defender Dubarbier (2/0) and midfielders Corona (6/0) and Azeez (8/2).
Elche, on the other side, surprised a little with their good performance at home against Valladolid as they managed to take 2:0 victory. They simply looked like much more mature side on the field and always knew what they wanted with the ball to their feet, taking the lead already in second minute with a goal from Alex.
They somehow left the ball control to their visitors, who were trying to respond but without much of success, while the home team managed to seal the victory with another goal from Alex ten minutes before the full time whistle. It was their first victory after three matches without (a defeat and two draws), as the team now continues to stand just behind the play-off zone, currently being at ninth position with a point less than sixth placed Zaragoza.
Visitors won't be able to count at goalkeeper Freixanet (anyway no appearance so far), but also at defender Jose Angel (7/1), midfileders Josete (7/0), Fraile (5/1), Pelayo (7/2) and suspended midfielder Pedro (14/1).
Goals are what I expect from this match. Almeria knows that they can't wait in this one and will be attacking from the start, while Elche always remains dangerous on the road and does play more offensive than most of the LaLiga2 teams away from home. In my eyes, all the value lies with over goals here.