The Elche, located on the border of the relegation zone with two margin points, his options to achieve permanence in First division in direct duels against teams involved in the same fight, since of the 10 games that remain, half will be against these opponents.
The team from Elche, who will play six home games and four away games, will have to face two of the teams that are behind in the standings, such as Huesca and Alaves, and the two ahead, such as Valladolid and Cádiz, as well as Osasuna, who also haunts the danger zone.
In addition to the importance of the points, in these matches between direct rivals the particular coefficient will be at stake, a factor that can be decisive in the classification at the end of the season and that Elche has already managed to turn in its favor with Eibar, another of those involved in the permanence.
After resuming the competition against Betis on April 4, Elche will begin a decisive stretch of the competition with a visit to Huesca, current bottom, with whom they equalized in the first round in Elche (0-0).
Subsequently, the Elche team will host Real Valladolid in their stadium, with whom they tied at Zorrilla (2-2) in another final for salvation, and will play at home again a week later, although this time against Levante.
Elche’s next departure will be to Pamplona to visit Osasuna, another team from the bottom of the table, to later receive the current leader, Atlético de Madrid, in the Martínez Valero in the most complicated match, a priori, that him the whole of Fran Escribá remains to be disputed.
After the visit to Real Sociedad, Elche will host Alavés, penultimate, whom they were already able to defeat in Vitoria (0-2).
The last exit of the Elche championship will be against Cádiz, with whom they tied in the first leg (1-1), in another match that seems decisive for the fate of both teams.
Elche will close the competition by welcoming Athletic Club to Martínez Valero in a match in which the entity from Elche is confident that the Basque team no longer has anything at stake.
Despite the fact that Escribá is not in favor of talking about selective victories, since he always affirms that permanence is “in all the points of all the games”, experience indicates that if Elche is able to get out of these direct duels, it will have so many options for salvation.