In keeping with past tradition there was very little between the two sides in this crucial game

In keeping with past tradition there was very little between the two sides in this crucial game near the bottom of La Liga.

At least this time Granada did actually win the game, two years ago in the second division play off finals, after two drawn games Granada were promoted only on away goals.

Elche made up for it by deservedly achieving promotion as champions last year but there is little love lost between both clubs.

Elche’s side contained several changes from last week’s goalless draw, the most significant being the Romanian Sapunaru having a rare start at left back, due to the continued absence of injured captain and dead-ball specialist Albacar. Both sides had chances in the first half, but it remained goalless.

On the hour El Arabi burst over the halfway line leaving Sanchez for dead, and slipped the ball inside to Brahami who took the ball on before sliding it into the corner past the despairing Herrera. Sapunaru was sent off for a second yellow shortly after, and despite all three substitutes`used Elche could not get anything from the game.

24 goals in 29 games is poor, but the Franjiverdes are still three priceless points clear of Valladolid who drew 1 – 1 with fellow-strugglers Rayo Vallecano – a good result for Elche. The Franjiverdes sit three crucial points about Valladolid who head the bottom three teams in the relegation zone, where everyone is fighting to stay up with nine games to go.

On Tuesday night at the heavily unfashionable hour of 10pm the Franjiverdes entertain 4th placed Athletic Bilbao, well behind the leading three but seven points above neighbours Real Sociedad in fifth, so hopefully points aren’t crucial to the Basque side. At home Athletic are strong but have lost six away. On paper Elche’s chances aren’t good – but on grass – who knows?

Mucho Elche!


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