Sevilla will look to quickly put their Copa del Rey exit to one side and refocus their energy on La Liga, where they travel to Elche on Saturday at 3.15pm (UK time).
Julen Lopetegui’s side squandered a two-goal lead in the semi-finals of Spain’s most important cup competition, losing 3-0 to Barcelona on Wednesday night (3-2 on aggregate), subsequently crashing out of the tournament at the penultimate stage.
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Scoreline prediction: Elche 0-2 Sevilla
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Elche vs Sevilla build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Despite his best efforts, Jorge Almiron was unable to navigate Elche out of the bottom three and he subsequently left Los Franjiverdes last month, with Fran Escriba stepping into the hotseat for his second stint. During his opening weeks at the helm, Elche have recorded one victory in four games and remain one point adrift of safety, though the Valencian outfit do have a game in hand on those around them.
For Sevilla it was a humbling experience at the Camp Nou earlier this week, who were mere seconds away from booking their place in the Copa del Rey final, before Gerard Pique took the game to extra time in the 94th minute and Martin Braithwaite finished the job after regulation time.
Lopetegui’s men are still in the Champions League, where they travel to Borussia Dortmund looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit, but for now they must pick themselves up domestically, and continue to strengthen their grip on the top four, where they remain six points above fifth, and with a game in hand.
- Elche (vs Granada): Badia; Barragan, Gonzalo, Calvo, Mojica*; Morente, Guti, Marcone, Fidel; Boye, Carrillo.
- Sevilla (vs Barcelona): Vaclik; Vidal*, Kounde, Carlos, Acuna; Jordan, Fernando, Oliver; Suso, En-Nesyri, De Jong.
Johan Mojica was an early withdrawal in the defeat to Granada last time out and is now doubtful for this contest. Sevilla meanwhile will likely see Jesus Navas come into the starting XI for Aleix Vidal, the latter of whom started against Barca but came off injured.
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Players to watch:
- Elche: Sevilla will likely want a big response from the recent defeat to Barca, and that could mean a busy afternoon for Edgar Badia, who has made the joint-most saves in La Liga this season (77, level with Valencia’s Jaume Domenech), though he has kept just five clean sheets in 24 appearances. Badia is expected to be anything but a spectator for this contest, and can be sure Sevilla will be peppering his goal looking to take their frustration out from firing a blank in midweek and exiting the Copa del Rey at the penultimate hurdle. Recently-appointed Escriba has faced Sevilla on nine occasions as a manager, and never tasted victory, so he will be looking for his players to perform at both ends of the pitch if he is to break that duck on a personal level, but more importantly, start putting points on the board and climbing out of danger.
- Sevilla: After exploding to life at the start of the year, during which time he netted nine goals in eight La Liga games, Youssef En-Nesyri has now failed to score in his last three matches in the competition. If you extend that to Europe and the Copa del Rey, the Moroccan is now goalless in six consecutive matches, a barren run that he will be desperate to put an end to this weekend. The 23-year-old generated attraction in the January window, and with good reason. He has netted 17 goals this term in the Champions League and La Liga combined, but if Sevilla are to consolidate their standing in the top four, and progress to the quarter-finals in Europe at the expense of Dortmund, then En-Nesyri will need to rediscover his scoring form, and soon.
La Liga 2020/21 recent form:
- Elche: LLWLD
- Sevilla: LWWWW
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