Next Match: away to Levante, December 13
Fran Escriba has admitted he will field a different side against Villarreal in the Copa del Rey to the team he usually picks in League matches, but insisted that did not mean his side were not taking the competition seriously. "We care a lot about the Cup, and we aren't going to throw away our chances in the tournament," he told reporters. "Even though we may play players who don't play very often in the League, that doesn't mean our team won't be competitive." One such player is goalkeeper Tono Rodriguez, who will make his first start for Elche, ahead of Manu Herrera.