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Primera División

  • September 25, 2013
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Elche
  • Referee: César Muñiz Fernández
  • • Attendance: 28754

La Liga Preview: Elche - Real Madrid

La Liga Preview: Elche - Real Madrid


Real Madrid is looking to keep its good run going in La Liga with a trip to the newly-promoted club.

Real Madrid makes its first trip to Elche in 24 years on Wednesday looking to claim its fifth win in six La Liga games this season.

Carlo Ancelotti's side has dropped just two points so far this term - in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal - and goes into the match at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on the back of a 4-1 win over Getafe on Sunday.

Real came from a goal down to beat its neighbor at the Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing a brace.

The last time Real faced Elche, it did the double over the smaller side with 3-1 and 4-2 victories in the 1988-89 top-flight campaign, and the capital club has only lost one of its last 10 meetings against the newly-promoted side.

Fran Escriba's team made it back into La Liga for the first time since 1989 by winning the Segunda Division last season, but has yet to win on its return to the top tier.

However, the club has only lost twice in its opening five games, and can take heart from the fact that it has not been beaten in either of its home matches.

Worryingly for Escriba, Real has scored 10 goals in its last two matches.

Ancelotti will definitely be without world-record signing Gareth Bale after the Wales international picked up a thigh injury in the warm-up before the game with Getafe.

Bale underwent tests on Monday which showed fatigue in the muscle, but the manager said after the Getafe fixture that he should be fit for the Madrid derby against Atletico on Saturday.

Fabio Coentrao, Marcelo (both hamstring) and Xabi Alonso (foot) are also unavailable, but Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos gave the Italian a boost when they returned to full training on Monday.

Elche has injury concerns over Cristian Sapunaru (knock) and Sergio Pelegrin (hernia) ahead of the match, with the former more likely to be available than the latter.

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