Mallorca vs Levante predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two bottom half sides meet.
|Saturday 2nd October 2021
|16:15 (local time)
Mallorca vs Levante Preview
Two possible relegation candidates meet in a significant game before the second international break of the season. After a bright start, Mallorca’s recent showings have been less impressive and they’ll be hoping to get back on track against a Levante side which will be desperate to end a long winless run which stretches back deep into last season.
Mallorca have taken just 1 point from 4 games since the last internationals. They’ve conceded 9 times in their last 3 games alone with a 6-1 defeat at Real Madrid followed by a more concerning 3-2 home loss against Osasuna. It wasn’t a terrible attacking display with only Barcelona creating more xG last weekend in LaLiga than Mallorca but they failed to make the most of a Half-Time advantage with Dominik Greif unconvincing in goal on debut for the club.
It was a slight surprise to see him come in for veteran Manolo Reina and it’s indicative of the kind of situation Luis Garcia finds himself in. While it’s nice to have so many options across the pitch, you almost wonder if they signed too many players in the summer leaving the coach with a tough job of trying to give everyone game-time whilst it’s clear right now he has no real idea what his strongest XI is. That makes it hard to build continuity and we may see more changes again here.
Levante have also had problems finding a settled eleven, although largely through injuries. Midfielders Mickaël Malsa and Jose Campana are both out injured so they have issues in the middle of the park while they are another team where the number one slot is up for grabs. Aitor Fernandez started again last time out with Dani Cardenas injured and it’s unclear who will take that position in the long-run.
Some of Levante’s recent results and performances are genuine cause for concern. They were well beaten by what is not a great Barcelona side last weekend at Camp Nou having suffered a defeat at home to previously winless Celta Vigo prior to that. That makes it 15 league games without a win overall and they are starting to look like they may be genuine relegation candidates.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Mallorca Win, 3 Levante Wins, 2 Draws.
- Levante haven’t won on any of their last 4 competitive trips to Mallorca.
- They lost 2-0 on their last visit in 2020.
- Levante have had the better of things overall though, winning all of the last 3 clashes in Valencia.
Take Kubo and Antonio Raíllo are out for the hosts. Pablo Maffeo is a doubt.
Jose Campana and Mickael Malsa are injured for Levante. Roberto Soldado, Enis Bardhi and Dani Cardenas are rated doubtful.
Predicted Mallorca Starting Lineup:
Grief – Costa, Olivan, Valjent, Sastre – Baba, Galarreta – Ndiaye, Rodriguez, Kang-in – Nino (4-2-3-1)
Predicted Levante Starting Lineup:
Fernandez – Clerc, Pier, Postigo, Miramon – Martinez, Radoja, Melero, De Frutos – Morales, Roger (4-4-2)
Mallorca vs Levante Predictions
Score Prediction: Mallorca 3-2 Levante
These are worrying times for Levante and those midfield issues leave them a little bit short in the middle of the park. Mallorca have been playing some good football in recent games but they have started to look much more vulnerable defensively. This has the potential to be a really open game with goals in it but the hosts may just have the edge.