UCAM Murcia vs Elche by Jimeno
UCAM Murcia didn't have a really good start in the season for now, as the team has two draws and a defeat after first three matches played. Their defeat came in the first round against Zaragoza away from home, while we've seen improvement in next two rounds when they stood undefeated against Cordoba and Sevilla B.
Now, even though they are taking on Elche, team that probably wants to try to promote, they are obligated to seek for something else than a point and no doubt that the players will behave like that. Apart from La Liga 2 performances, they played a Copa del Rey match three days ago and managed to improve their morale with a 4:3 victory after overtime at home against Real Oviedo, even though they were leading 3:1 till ten minutes before the game. They showed good improvement in attack, but also that they must work much more of defensive tasks.
UCAM Murcia will be playing without midfielders Basha (3/0) who is suspended, plus Mora (0/0), Nono (1/0) who are injured, while forward Mejia (3/0) is doubtful but with chances to play.
Elche, on the other side, has two victories and a defeat for now, which already puts them at the fifth position and play-off zone at this moment. In case of a victory here, they could go all the way till second position and be just a point away from the leaders from Levante, so a positive result here is a primary target for them.
The team looks as one of the most interesting to watch for now, since they are attacking usually and look to score one more than the opponent. Till now, all their matches ended as over 2.5 goals, also with both teams scoring in the proccess. In previous round, they won at home over Tenerife 3:1, while only defeat came on the road against Girona with the same score. Team also played Copa del Rey match few days before this one, winning after penalty kicks over Mirandes, having a 2:2 game after ninety minutes.
Elche can't count at goalkeeper Freixanet (0/0), defenders Albacar (1/0), Armando (0/0), midfielders Mandi (2/0) and Hadzic (0/0).
As it could be understand, I'm expecting quite an open game here. Hosts need to search for their first victory, while players of Elche anyway have more quality and could easily dictate the tempo here. They also have more open style than most of LaLiga2 teams and behavior of both teams could lead us to an easy over. Odds are definitely worth a try.