It has been a curious start to the season for Atletico Madrid who, despite remaining unbeaten in their opening nine La Liga matches, have yet to really convince.
They were excellent a couple of weeks ago for an hour against Barcelona but failed to capitalize on their dominance and ended up drawing the game 1-1, with Atletico's lack of firepower a consistent theme so far this term.
In La Liga, seven teams have scored more goals than Los Rojiblancos' total of 14, while in the Champions League their failure to find the back of the net at newcomers Qarabag last week could yet cost them a place in the knockout stages.
Diego Simeone takes his team to the Estadio Martinez Valero on Wednesday night to begin their Copa Del Rey campaign and the manager would surely like to see his side get among the goals.
Ever the pragmatist however, Simeone likely realises that the domestic cup competition is far from a priority for a squad that was unable to be added to this summer, and the manager will ring the changes for the game with Elche.
bet365 offer a win for Atleti at 1/4 (1.25) while the hosts can be backed at 11/1 (12.00) and the draw in 90 minutes is available at 19/4 (5.75). These two sides met in La Liga as recently as April 2015, bu financial irregularities saw Elche relegated from the top flight that year, and this summer they suffered a further demotion to the third tier of Spanish football.
In the four recent matches they played in the Primera Division against Atletico, Elche failed to score a goal suffering four defeats, although they know they will face a far from full strength Rojiblanco outfit on Wednesday.
Atletico to win to nil once more is offered at 4/5 (1.80) although perhaps more appealing is backing under 2.5 goals at evens (2.00); this selection has paid out in eight of Atleti's last ten games in all competitions and although they are facing clearly inferior opposition, the changes likely to be made coupled with the two-legged nature of this tie means a tight game is probable.
Another market to consider is backing the draw at half time at 6/4 (2.50) which looks extremely tempting, while going further and investing in a goalless first half at 9/4 (3.25) could be even more profitable.