Missing Players and team news:
Despite a hectic schedule in recent weeks, Lopetegui has managed to keep his side in good shape with regard to injuries. Their only notable injury concern is Aleix Vidal, who is expected to remain out with a hamstring injury. However, they will also be missing centre-back Diego Carlos for this game, as he will serve a suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory over Real Betis. In his absence, Karim Rekik could come into the starting lineup to partner Jules Kounde, who has impressed at the back this season. Their line will be led by the clinical Youssef En-Nesyri, who comes into this game with three goals in his last two games, having netted his 14th La Liga goal of the season last time out. Elche’s only absentee should be midfielder Emiliano Rigoni, who remains out with a hamstring injury. Escriba only made one change to his team for the clash with Real Madrid as Johan Mojica returned to the lineup at left-back, and he could keep a very similar side for this encounter given the commendable performance they put in at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.