The La Liga fixture list is rather quiet this weekend, as there is only one game to be played on Sunday.
There are a number of fixtures to take place later on in the next week with matches scheduled to take place across Tuesday and Wednesday, although with most of the teams competing in Copa del Rey action over the weekend, all eyes will be on Elche vs Villarreal.
The two teams will meet at Manuel Martínez Valero Stadium on Sunday afternoon, although it would appear that the Yellow Submarines will enjoy the trip more than the hosts as Betway Sportsbook has priced Villarreal as 7/8 favourites to take all three points.
Of course, by simply looking at the current La Liga standings, it would be rather easy to predict that Unai Emery’s side are likely to take all three points on the day as there is a gap of 10 points between the two teams, with the UEFA Champions League side sitting eighth as things stand.
Both teams still have plenty to try and achieve this season, though, with Elche sitting precariously to the relegation zone at the moment, with just two points separating them and Alaves in the final spot of the drop zone.
Indeed, their current form has been a lot better than when they started the season, as the side have managed to start to pick up points as it becomes more and more clear that they need them.
In their last five La Liga games, they have managed to obtain two wins – against Cadiz and Espanyol – one draw to Granada after going a man down and suffering two defeats to Valencia and Barcelona in close games.
On the other hand, Villarreal have been in fine form themselves over the same period of games, as Emery’s side have gone on a run of four wins and one draw.
The wins have come against Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad, Alaves and Levante whilst the draw came in their most recent fixture where they tied with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid 2-2.
All in all, the Yellow Submarine has had no trouble finding the back of the net on a consistent basis, with a total of 17 goals being scored in those meetings. Naturally, the five that they managed to put past both relegation candidates Alaves and Levante in back-to-back fixtures will have only helped boost confidence in front of goal and Elche will need to be wary of it when the two teams meet on Sunday afternoon.