Jorge Almirón escapes a smile when he hears that Villarreal arrives touched after the elimination of the Cup. The Argentine hits his head butts due to the small pothole that the Submarine goes through. Emery’s team has three consecutive draws in the League and the hit in Orriols against Levante. Further, Villarreal is being punished, lately, in discounts. And that hurts twice as much. So far, the problems that Emery has, that I could do Almirón as a psychologist because the Argentine doubles him in dramas (follow the game live on As.com).
Elche has been a cartoon for weeks. In fact, the franjiverde team has chained 14 games without winning. He is sunk in the table, more for sensations than for difference in points with salvation. Above, the club has closed a grotesque winter market. Of the six signings Almirón requested, only three have arrived and two of them are a goalkeeper and an unemployed player. Therefore, the Argentine coach could start crying to Emery in minute 1 and end in discount, where the Basque goes into a rage.
Elche and Villarreal arrive depleted by the casualties. Almirón lost three players in one fell swoop last week to suspension. Barragán, Tete Morente and Gonzalo Verdú, all three of them, will not be there this afternoon. Elche can bet on another change of drawing and come out with two tips: Carrillo and Boyé. It will be the umpteenth turn of the screw that Almirón gives to his board.
Villarreal needs to turn the page and forget the Cup. Emery clings to Gerard Moreno. The Catalan is not there to play at the beginning, but he will have minutes. A Submarine unable to win in the League since he was injured several weeks ago depends on his inspiration. Alcácer also arrives needy because, between injury and set-up, he has not seen the door for almost three months. The Valencian will play from the beginning and will lead an eleven in which Foyth will act as a right back and Capoue is doubtful in a final with different objectives.