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Our Spanish expert believes the visitors should be backed and, after two very impressive performances so far, the price of 5/4 for a Real win appeals

Elche's big return to the Primera Divison after 24 years away was something of an anti-climax, with the side being comprehensively outplayed in their 3-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano on Monday night.

Not only was the loss a disappointing way to begin the new season, but the manner in which they failed to cause a Rayo side which has been completely overhauled in the summer any real problems will be cause for concern for coach Fran Escriba.

The side from Alicante can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) to claim their first win of the season but there is little reason to back them, particularly as their opponents have been so impressive.

Indeed, la Real have picked up where they left off last season and, in their 2-0 victories over Getafe and Olympique Lyonnais in La Liga and Champions League qualifying respectively, have looked extremely accomplished.

Though that midweek trip to France might discourage some from investing in the Basques, but the price of 5/4 (2.25) for a Real victory looks extremely generous.

In Real Sociedad's favour is the fact that Lyon is closer to San Sebastian than some parts of Spain and the trip will not have taken too much out of the players, not least because of their dominance in the match.

The Basques ended last season strongly on the road, losing just one of their last 10 away games, and becoming the first side to win a league match at the Vicente Calderon against Atletico Madrid in a year.

They are a strong outfit, with potential goal scorers all over the pitch and they should prove too strong for an Elche team who looked utterly insipid in their opening game.

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid

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