Mallorca vs Espanyol – The points total shows how close Mallorca is to 18th place even though they finished Round 11 in 12th place, keeping them out of the La Liga (LL) relegation zone for another week. However, there is still much work to be done. However, manager Javier Aguirre could take heart from the fact that with that victory, his team joined just a select group of LL clubs in triumphing after giving up the first goal, a feat they only accomplished twice in league play previous year (W2, D1, L19).
If they are to avoid flirting with relegation for a second consecutive season, a winning habit must be developed, and it has escaped them thus far, even at home. Mallorca haven’t won consecutive Liga Libertadores games in 2022–23, and they’ve lost to struggling teams like Girona (D 1-1) and Sevilla (L 0-1) when they’ve hosted them, so they’re far from guaranteed to win this match.
Mallorca vs Espanyol – Betting Analysis
In their most recent league match, Espanyol fell short of Elche (2-2), a result that manager Diego Martinez, who is under fire, called “inexplicable” and “very frustrating,” not least because his team had taken the lead after giving up the game’s opening goal, only to lose two points with a few minutes left to play. As a result, they dropped below Mallorca and, with another loss here, might perhaps enter the bottom three.
Barcelona’s lesser-known team have likewise been lackluster and overachievers at times throughout their campaign, which has resulted in Espanyol having the second-worst start to an LL season in terms of points earned (W2, D4, L5). That suggests a pattern, which Espanyol will be hoping continues for at least another week. Thus far in their 11 LL games, the pre-match favorite has only won four of them, which is an equal-league low (D4, L3).
Observe these players: Vedat Muriqi has scored Mallorca’s first goal following halftime in three different LL games this season thanks to his successful penalty kick from the previous round. In a similar vein, Martin Brathwaite of Espanyol has scored all three of his goals this season in the second half.