Next Match: away to Levante, December 13
Fran Escriba has underlined the importance of his side's match with Levante this weekend, calling the Valencia club "a direct rival" in the battle to avoid relegation. Elche are 11th in the Primera Division table, two places above Levante, although the two teams are level on points. However, both teams are just five points clear of the relegation zone and Escriba is keen for his side to have a points cushion to take with them into the new year. "They are a direct rival, they have got the same amount of points as us and we would like to get to the Christmas break with the job done, with half the amount of points that in theory, will be necessary for us to achieve our objectives, and we also want to maintain this ascending run of results we have been on." said the coach in a press conference.