Elche y Real Mallorca They face each other this Saturday at the Martínez Valero in search of three vital points to move away from the relegation zone and achieve permanence in the First Division.
The team from Elche, which has linked three consecutive defeats, needs the points to stop its fall in the table and take an almost definitive leap towards salvation against a rival located only three points away and revitalized emotionally and in the classification after arriving on the bench of the Mexican coach Javier Aguirre.
In the match, played on the edge of the relegation places, the particular coefficient between both teams is also at stake, which tied in the first round match in Palma (2-2).
Francis at his best
The group from Elche arrives at the meeting at its worst moment since Francis Rodriguez took over the team last November.
The Elche has seen its advantage over relegation reduced to four points again and of the last fifteen at stake it only added three, although both the coach and the squad have indicated this week that the visit of the Mallorca It is the ideal party to react.
Francisco will not be able to count on its two main offensive references, the Argentines Lucas Boye y Guido Carrillowho are absent due to an adductor and calf injury, respectively.
Nor will the side Helibelton Palaciossuspended, while the midfielder Jose Ferrandez It is doubtful due to physical discomfort that has prevented him from training normally during the week.
The Mallorca will face the third game with the Mexican Javier Aguirre on the bench -after the defeat (1-0) in Getafe and the victory (1-0) against Atletico Madrid– with the aim of adding points that can be decisive in the fight for salvation.
The two teams are out of the relegation zone on matchday 32 of LaLiga, but victory is essential for the Mallorcan players if they do not want to depend on what the Cadiz on Monday before FC Barcelona.
2 wins in 15 starts
A single point separates vermilion from the red zone of the table. They need to add to get away from the well, but the statistics as a visitor do not accompany them: the Mallorca he has only won two games in 15 outings (Alaves y Atletico Madrid) and complete the numbers away from Son Moix with eleven losses and two draws.
The victory against Atlético of the Cholo Simeonein addition to breaking a losing streak of seven games in a row, has raised the morale of Majorcanism to the clouds.
Aguirre recovers the Argentine defender Franco Russo Already Save Seville for the visit to Elche and he will surely continue to line up three central defenders, as he has done since his arrival on the island. The injured will not travel Dominik Greif, Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta y Alexander Banknotes.