Two sides that will be looking to recover after suffering midweek defeats in La Liga will clash on Monday night. The visitors will desperately need a response after losing ground in the race for European places in the Spanish top-flight.
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Athletic Bilbao lost ground on the European spots in midweek, as they fell to defeat against Sevilla. That defeat was their first in five league outings, and now means that they sit three points of sixth-placed Real Betis, and nine off the Champions League positions. Bilbao would have considered themselves very unfortunate in their previous match, as they defended well until conceding a penalty in the 92nd minute.
Still, Bilbao should come into this match in good confidence that they can return to form. They had won each of their previous three before that recent defeat, and they have impressed on the road since the World Cup break. However, they will be relying on favours from elsewhere to finish in a European spot this season.
Mallorca will be happy enough with their campaign to this point, as their safety in the top flight is almost assured. They currently sit nine points clear of the bottom three, and they come into this fixture having lost just once in their previous five matches. But, that loss did come in their midweek match-up against Atletico Madrid.
Mallorca also has an excellent home record in La Liga matches played on a Monday. They have lost just once in eleven matches, with that defeat coming against Real Madrid in March. But, their recent form is eye-catching, and they could cause a lot of issues for Bilbao this weekend.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Head to Head
Mallorca has a poor recent record against Bilbao, as they have landed just one win in their previous nine. However, that win did come in this exact fixture last season. Bilbao also has a poor record at Iberostar Estadi, as they have won just once in eight previous visits.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
This is a fascinating Monday night showdown in La Liga, and both sides should come into the fixture in good confidence. Bilbao’s poor record on the road against Mallorca appears to be an interesting betting angle, and for that reason, we will be siding with the hosts.
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