It’s certainly fair to say that the first period of this season did not go to plan for either of these two clubs.
Atlético Madrid have lost four La Liga games so far, as many as they did in the entire 2020/21 season when they were crowned champions.
Two of these defeats came just before the World Cup break, beaten at Cádiz and Mallorca, only drawing with Espanyol in-between.
Concurrently, Diego Simeone’s team finished rock bottom of their Champions League group, this the first time Atleti have ever finished last in a UEFA group.
So, with no European football of any kind to distract los Colchoneros anymore, their sole focus is on achieving an 11th successive top four finish.
If you think that’s bad, just wait until you hear about Elche’s first chunk of the season.
Los Franjiverdes are currently rock bottom of the table and are yet to win all season, accumulating just four points from 14 games.
Elche are one of just three clubs in Europe’s top 33-ranked leagues yet to taste victory this season, along-with Cremonese and Paços de Ferreira.
So far this campaign, they’ve already sacked both Francisco and Jorge Almirón, with Pablo Machín tasked with pulling off a great escape.
Since their last La Liga game, a 2-1 defeat against Girona, los Ilicitanos have enjoyed a pair of much-needed Copa del Rey wins.
They’ve seen off L’Alcora and Guadalajara, both 3-0, and will now travel to Ceuta in round three.
Meantime, Atlético Madrid have enjoyed wins over Almazán and Arenteiro, to set up a tricky trip to Real Oviedo next Wednesday.
Despite their own serious issues this season, Atleti will beat La Liga’s bottom club at Cívitas Metropolitano, right?