Valencia vs Mallorca predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Mallorca travel to Mestalla.
|Saturday 23rd October 2021
|14:00 (local time)
Valencia vs Mallorca Preview
Saturday’s action in LaLiga kicks off at Mestalla. It features two sides who made bright starts to the season before a decline in fortunes in recent weeks. Both coaches will be hoping their sides can rediscover the winning formula here although Valencia will be the favourites.
Los Che were able to welcome some key players back after the international break and they made a dream start to their trip to Barcelona with one of those players, left-back Jose Gaya, giving them the lead in the 5th minute. However it was a short lived advantage as the Catalans ultimately proved too strong for Jose Bordalas’ side and Valencia head into this game having failed to win any of their last 5 league games as a result.
In fairness to Valencia, that run has seen them play three of last season’s top four and even with a fully fit squad, they may have struggled to get much from those games. The tough fixtures keep on coming too with the other four members of last season’s top seven following this, so it’s vitally important that they deliver here and put three points on the board against the Balearic Islanders.
Mallorca head into this following a tough trip to Real Sociedad in which they came agonisingly close to securing a point before conceding a last minute deflected goal. However with their opponents reduced to ten men late in the First Half, Mallorca would have left sensing an opportunity lost.
It’s difficult to know what to make of Mallorca at the moment. Their summer recruitment was bold and exciting but it has perhaps posed as many questions for boss Luis Garcia as it has provided answers. In some positions they have three players competing for one role and it’s a difficult balancing act for the Mallorca boss as he seeks to settle on his best XI whilst keeping everybody happy.
They’ve taken just 4 points from their last 6 games with a solitary win coming at home to struggling Levante and it’s fair to say the reality of life at this level has set in but they do still have a healthy advantage on the bottom three at this early stage.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Valencia Wins, 2 Mallorca Wins, 2 Draws.
- The sides last met in the 2019/20 season with Valencia winning 2-0 at Mestalla while Mallorca triumphed 4-1 in Palma.
- All of the last 4 meetings between the clubs have been won by the team playing at home.
- Mallorca’s last win here was by a 2-1 margin in 2010.
Thierry Correia is Valencia’s main injury doubt here but their injury problems have eased up overall.
Take Kubo, Aleksander Sedlar and Antonio Raíllo are all out injured for the visitors.
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Cillessen – Gaya, Alderete, Paulista, Foulquier – Cheryshev, Guillamon, Wass, Soler – Gomez, Guedes (4-4-2)
Predicted Mallorca Starting Lineup:
Reina – Costa, Russo, Valjent, Maffeo – Baba, Galarreta – Ndiaye, Rodriguez, Kang-In – Angel (4-2-3-1)
Valencia vs Mallorca Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 2-0 Mallorca
Valencia have Omar Alderete available again which should help settle things down in defence and they ought to be close to full strength here. With home advantage, they may be too strong for a Mallorca side that has the joint worst defensive record in the league heading into this matchday.