Two sides hovering above the relegation places in the La Liga standings will clash on Friday evening, as Mallorca and Espanyol will both be looking for a vital three points to move clear of the drop zone.
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Both Mallorca and Espanyol come into this fixture sitting just above the drop zone in terms of points on the board. Mallorca did their survival chances the world of good in their previous fixture, as they won for the first time in five matches. That victory lifted them up to 12th in the standings, and crucially three points clear of the relegation places.
That was just their third victory of the season, but it was a performance full of character. They fell behind early in the second half against Valencia, but struck back in excellent fashion. Vedat Muriqi levelled the scores from the penalty spot after the hour mark, before the win was secured in the final ten minutes of the match, as Lee Kang-In kept his cool to fire home the winning goal.
Things look slightly more troubling for Espanyol coming into this fixture, as they are currently 14th in the standings and just a single point above the relegation places. However, their recent form has been slightly more consistent overall, as they have lost just once in their previous five fixtures.
But, draws are becoming a slight issue, as they have been held on three occasions in five games. They were held to a draw in their most recent La Liga fixture, as they played out an entertaining 2-2 with Elche. Javi Puado and Martin Braithwaite scored the goals for Espanyol in that match, but they were denied maximum points in the final ten minutes.
Mallorca vs Espanyol Head to Head
This has been a fixture dominated by whichever team has been playing at home. Each of the previous eight has been won by the team with home advantage, with Mallorca winning this exact fixture 1-0 last term. In fact, the previous three matches have been won by a scoreline of 1-0.
Mallorca vs Espanyol Prediction
The home record trend in this fixture makes for a very compelling betting angle. Therefore, it could be worth siding with Mallorca to pick up maximum points, while a fourth straight 1-0 win in this fixture could also be potentially valuable.
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