Dermot Corrigan's La Liga Betting: Ronaldo & Co. To Edge Past Elche


Elche - Real Madrid - Sunday 20.00 GMT

The weekend’s final game is leaders Real Madrid facing a potentially tricky trip to Elche. Madrid have won both their games since that embarrassment at the Calderon, beating Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 in La Liga and Schalke also 2-0 in the Champions League.

After both games Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti claimed the performances showed his team was returning to their pre-Christmas form, and Cristiano Ronaldo ended his ‘mini-drought’ with the opening goal at Schalke on Wednesday, but Madrid still do not look physically or mentally at the best. They need the return of their injured big-names, especially Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos, and James Rodriguez. Modric is closest to playing again having returned to training, but is unlikely to feature on Sunday.

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Elche are another of the relegation candidates to have picked up form in recent weeks, with Brazilian centre-forward Jonathas continuing his fine form. Four of their six La Liga victories all season have come in their last six games, although Barcelona did win 6-0 at the Estadio Martinez Valero in January.

The home side have cut ticket prices in a bid to fill the 34,000 seater ground for Madrid’s visit, and coach Fran Escriba should field his strongest side. There was a frenzied atmosphere in last season’s fixture, when Ancelotti’s side won 2-1 thanks to a more than controversial 94th minute penalty. Madrid’s most recent away victory was also 2-1, with a late penalty winner, at Cordoba four weeks ago. That scoreline could well be repeated on Sunday evening.

Predicted result: Elche 1-2 Madrid at 9.50

Best bet: Both teams to score at 2.10