Alaves vs Mallorca predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as two of the pre-season relegation favourites meet.
|Saturday 21st August 2021
|17:00 (local time)
Alaves vs Mallorca Preview
It may only be matchday 2 and it’s certainly too early to talk about relegation six-pointers, but this does feel like a game between two teams likely to be battling with one another for survival come May. Alaves had a difficult start against Real Madrid and will be hoping to chalk up their first points of the new season here against newly promoted Mallorca.
The concern from an Alaves perspective may be that this transition they seem to be attempting into a team that plays a more attractive, passing style of football, could take time and could plunge them into trouble if results don’t come early on in the season. Javi Calleja is a very different style of coach to some of his predecessors and while he did brilliantly to keep Alaves up at the back-end of last season, it’s still a really big job he has on his hands.
We might get a clearer picture of what kind of team Alaves are going to be this season in this game. They were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid on the opening weekend, a scoreline that flattered Los Blancos to some extent but it was always going to be a tough start and Calleja would have certainly had his eyes on this game as the real point when Alaves needed to click into life and start picking up results. Their buildup to it hasn’t been helped by Lucas Perez leaving the club following a fallout behind the scenes which has led to the striker reaching an agreement with the club to end his contract.
Mallorca got their return to the top flight underway with a 1-1 home draw against Real Betis. It wasn’t a brilliant game but Mallorca did score a very well worked goal to go in front through Brian Olivan. That was about as good as it got for the Balearic Islanders though with Betis coming more into the game after the break and equalising through what was credited as an own goal by Mallorca keeper Manolo Reina.
Luis Garcia’s squad has been bolstered this week by the arrival of Villarreal striker Fer Niño on loan. It feels like a good move for both club and player with Niño having shown flashes of promise for the Yellow Submarine although he had fallen to 4th choice in the pecking order for a starting role up front for Unai Emery’s side. At Mallorca he ought to compete with Angel Rodriguez, who started against Betis, for the striker position although it is likely to be Angel that gets the nod again here.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Alaves Wins, 2 Mallorca Wins, 1 Draw.
- The sides last met in the 2019/20 LaLiga season.
- Both meetings that year ended in home wins to nil.
- Alaves have won all of their last 4 home games against Mallorca without conceding.
Alaves ought to be at full strength here.
Antonio Sanchez is out injured for the visitors. New signing Jaume Costa is a doubt.
Predicted Alaves Starting Lineup:
Pacheco – Duarte, Lejeune, Laguardia, Ximo – Pons, Piña – Rioja, Garcia, Mendez – Joselu (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Mallorca Starting Lineup:
Reina – Olivan, Valjent, Russo, Maffeo – Galarreta, Baba, Sevilla – Rodriguez, Angel, Mboula (4-3-3)
Alaves vs Mallorca Predictions
Score Prediction: Alaves 1-0 Mallorca
Mallorca are still a bit of a work in progress, certainly in terms of their attacking play with several players coming into the squad to bolster their options in the final third. They don’t look like a team with many goals in them right now and you fancy Alaves may just nick this one with home advantage.
Fantasy Football Picks
- Fanteam – Victor Laguardia