Three more of La Liga’s European representatives get their campaigns underway at Segunda B side’s as the Round of 32 continues.
Atletico Madrid have arguably the hardest third tier side to face as they take on Elche at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.
Elche were demoted from La Liga at the end of the 2014/15 season due to financial irregularities, despite finishing 13th. This of course has affected the club and at the end of last season (2016/17) the club were relegated. They currently sit fourth in the Segunda B Group III and will still provide a stern test for Diego Simeone’s Atleti.
The home side’s coach Vicente Mir is looking forward to the match and said in his press conference; “You have to take this game with joy, try to enjoy and, why give a good image and win if you can. It will not be a normal match, so we have to try to withdraw more than in other occasions and seek more against. We have to be very organized and avoid making bad decisions.”
The night kicks off with Athletic Bilbao travelling to Sant Francesc Xavier to face islanders Formentera.
The hosts are in the same division as Elche however they find themselves in a precarious position directly above the drop zone and manager Tito Sanjuan knows it will be tough for the minnows, “We are Formentera, a tiny island that is playing agaisnt Athletic, the second most successful club in the tournament’s history (23 titles, second only to Barcelona’s 29). There is no more incentive than this.”
Ponferradina will also face one of La Liga’s top seven as they come up against Villarreal.
The away side have won their last three games in the league and are of course favourites to dispatch of the side from Galicia but manager Javier Calleja knows the home side will make things tough and says his side must “be ourselves, whatever the rival.”
“The idea is to leave with intensity and with the intention of fighting without thinking about which category they are in and whether they are inferior or not. For them the motivation is going to be maximum, that makes them dangerous.”
In the late set of kick offs there is an all La Liga tie as Eibar and Celta Vigo clash at the Ipurua for the second in a month, the Galicians ran out 0-4 winners last time.
Eibar have also pledged to donate all the gate proceeds to the Vigo fire fund after the wildfires that swept through the region last week.
Elsewhere La Liga 1|2|3 side Valladolid will play host to Leganes who have made a flying start to La Liga and currently sit in fifth place.
Wednesday’s Games (Kick-Offs UK Time)
6:00pm Formentera vs Athletic Bilbao 7:30pm Ponferradina vs Villarreal 7:30pm Valladolid vs Leganes 8:30pm Eibar vs Celta Vigo 8:30pm Elche vs Atletico Madrid