Mallorca will be looking to put a disappointing start to the new season behind them this weekend, as they welcome Athletic Bilbao. The visitors have made a reliable start to the campaign and will be confident ahead of this away match.
La Liga Preview
The pressure will be on Mallorca this weekend, as they look to get their La Liga campaign back on track after a shaky start. They made a solid enough start to the new season with a point on the opening weekend, but they have followed up that effort by losing each of their previous two in the Spanish top flight.
Those defeats leave Mallorca sitting 17th in the standings at this early stage, but there will already be concern based on the fact that they have allowed five goals across their opening three matches. Their most recent defeat was suffered on the road against Granada, as they were beaten 3-2. But, positives would have been taken from that display on the road.
Athletic Bilbao could be among the solid contenders to finish in a European spot this term, as they have made a reliable start to the new season. Bilbao currently sits fifth in the early standings, but they have responded well after losing on the opening weekend of the campaign to win each of their last two.
Their best performance of the season was recorded last weekend, as they came back from 2-0 down to register a 4-2 success against Real Betis. Mikel Vesga netted a brace in that success, while Gorka Guruzeta and Unai Gomez also found the net in their home match against their rivals.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Head to Head
Each of the previous two matches between these sides have ended in draws, which includes a 1-1 stalemate in this exact fixture last season. However, Mallorca are now unbeaten in their last three at home against Bilbao. The visitors last won this fixture in December 2012.
Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Bilbao haven’t enjoyed their recent visits to Mallorca, but they are a team that have started the new season in excellent form. We expect this to be a close encounter between the Spanish sides, but the narrow preference is for the visitors to land a third straight victory.
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