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Elche vs Almería betting tips: La Liga preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

After both were beaten on the opening weekend, who will get off the mark at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero?

Almería are back in La Liga for the first time since 2015, having won last season’s Segunda División title.

However, Rojiblancos certainly weren’t given an easy opening fixture, taking on Spanish and European Champions Real Madrid on Sunday night.

Nevertheless, a shock looked to be on at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos when, just five minutes in, Largie Ramazani raced through and cooly slotted home.

Goalkeeper Fernando Martínez was man of the match, making 15 saves in total.

However, he were powerless to prevent Real from equalising on the hour mark, nor could he do anything to deny David Alaba’s inch-perfect free-kick that won it.

The same cannot be said of Elche, who were swatted aside 3-0 by Real Betis last Monday night.

In fairness, John Nwankwo’s red card for denial of a goal-scoring opportunity just 16 minute in at Estadio Benito Villamarín did not help their cause.

Even so, Francisco’s team will be desperate to win this one, to alleviate the fears that Elche are one of the favourites for relegation.

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