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Mallorca will seek to continue their impressive start to the 2021-22 La Liga season if welcome Espanyol to visit the Mallorca Stadium on Friday evening.
The home side have scored four points from the first two games of the season and are now fifth in the table, while Espanyol opened their season with a draw against Osasuna and Villarreal.
Prediction for this match
Mallorca have secured a return to that level of football with second place in the 2020-21 Segunda Division and they will be looking to get back to a La Liga season in a row for the first time since 2013.
The Pirates opened their season on August 14th with a 1-1 home draw against Real Betis before taking an impressive 1-0 win at Alaves last weekend Fer Nino.
With a total of four points from two games, Mallorca occupies fifth place in the table, another win on Friday evening would be a huge boost in confidence Luis Garcias team that won’t travel to Athletic Bilbao until September 13th after this game.
The Bermellones have had a busy summer in terms of new signings while a number of players have moved on, meaning the roster looks new this season, but the start has been very encouraging.
Mallorca’s last 2019-20 La Liga season finished 19th, but between 2007 and 2012 they were largely a first-half team and it will be fascinating to see what the squad can achieve this season.
Espanyol, on the other hand, were surprisingly relegated from La Liga at the end of 2019/20 as they picked up just 25 points from 38 games in a disastrous season, but the club secured an immediate return by winning last season’s Segunda division and ahead of Mallorca in the Head-to-head record.
Incredibly, Espanyol and Mallorca had an identical record last season in terms of wins (24), draws (10) and losses (eight), but the goal difference of the former was stronger and the Catalan team managed to secure the summit than they secured four points in the two season games against Mallorca.
Vicente Moreno, who was responsible for Mallorca from 2017 to 2020, took control of Espanyol last August, and after a successful first season, the 46-year-old now has the task of keeping them in the top division and all kinds of relegation battle.
The whites and blues drew goalless draws against Osasuna and Villarreal in their first two La Liga games of the season, putting them in 13th place.
Espanyol’s two big additions this summer were Landry Dimata and Alvaro Vadillo on long-term contracts, but they also managed, such as Sergi Gomez and Alex Vidal to increase the roster.
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Mallorca will be back without the services of. be Angel Rodriguez, Jaume Costa and Antonio Sanchez for competition on Friday while Joan Sastre there remains a doubt.
However, the hosts did not pick up any new issues in their win against Alaves last time and are therefore expected to be a similar side to the one that started with a goal in the win.
Dani Rodriguez, Jordi Mboula and Takefusa Kubo are likely to be support for Abdon Prats in the center forward, but in the midfield there could be a change with Rodrigo Battaglia possibly for starters.
As for Espanyol, Adria Pedrosa sustained a hand injury in the last draw with Villarreal and is unlikely to be available again Didac Vila is geared towards left-backs.
Moreno’s side could otherwise remain unchanged, with Raul de Tomas probably in the last third of Dimata with Adri Embarba and Javi Puado active in a wide range of areas.
Espanyol’s head coach is unlikely to stray from a 4-4-2 formation for this game, and Sergi Darder and David Lopez should keep their places in midfield despite the competition for places in this area.
Mallorca possible starting line-up:
Reina; Maffeo, Russo, Valjent, Olivan; Mohammed, Battaglia; Mboula, Kubo, Rodriguez; Prats
Espanyol possible starting line-up:
Diego Lopez; Gil, Gomez, Cabrera, Vila; Embarba, David Lopez, Darder, Puado; Raul de Tomas, Dimata
Probability: Mallorca 1-1 Espanyol
Both teams showed a lot of positive things in the early part of the season and we expect a close game on Friday night. Mallorca have home advantage but Espanyol have looked strong and determined this season and we can see the two share the booty here in the 1-1 draw.
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