Villarreal 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 the Yellow Submarine aim to close in on the top four.
|Saturday 22nd January 2022
|16:15 (local time)
Villarreal vs Mallorca Preview
Villarreal play host to Mallorca at the Ceramica this weekend and they’ll be eager to return to winning ways after a surprise defeat last time out. They’ll certainly be favourites to pick up all the points against a Mallorca side that is slipping deeper and deeper into the relegation picture.
The Yellow Submarine were one of the form teams in Spain heading into their trip to Elche last Sunday. With no other matches in the Spanish top flight last weekend, it was a real chance for them to make up some ground on the top four but instead Villarreal slipped up, losing 1-0 against their regional rivals in the Valencian Community.
This is a Villarreal side that is suffering more than any other Spanish club due to the ongoing African Cup of Nations with four players away. Those issues are compounded by injuries to the likes of Arnaut Danjuma and they certainly could have done with a bit of magic from the ex Bournemouth man at Elche last weekend. This is though still a Villarreal side that has taken 10 points from their last 4 home games, scoring 14 goals in the process and they will expect to win this match.
They are up against a Mallorca side that has lost their last three league games including a really damaging loss at bottom club and previously winless Levante in their most recent outing in LaLiga. That would have set the alarm bells ringing a bit for Luis Garcia and his team. With a few of the teams around them picking up results now and others experiencing new manager bounces, Mallorca are just three points above the bottom three heading into this matchday and they are in need of some solutions and fast.
On a more positive note, Mallorca have made progress in the Copa del Rey, beating Espanyol last weekend to secure a Quarter-Final berth. They do have some issues to take care of at both ends of the pitch though, particularly going forwards with only two teams having scored fewer goals than them in LaLiga this term. They’ll be hoping that Take Kubo can produce his best football in the second half of the campaign and he is a potential difference maker who will be very hungry to prove a point after an unsuccessful loan spell at Villarreal last season.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Villarreal Wins, 2 Mallorca Wins, 2 Draws.
- Villarreal have won 4 of their last 5 home games against Mallorca.
- The sides drew 0-0 in Palma de Mallorca earlier in the season.
- Mallorca haven’t avoided defeat here since a 1-1 draw in 2009.
Villarreal are still without their four AFCON players and are missing Étienne Capoue to suspension. Juan Foyth and Arnaut Danjuma are doubts while Paco Alcácer, Rubén Peña and Francis Coquelin are injured.
Iddrisu Baba could feature for Mallorca after Ghana’s surprise early AFCON elimination. Youngster Leo Roman may continue in goal.
Villarreal vs Mallorca Predictions
Score Prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Mallorca
While Villarreal are missing some players still, they do have a squad built for European football and should have enough depth to get through this period when they are hampered by the African Cup of Nations without too much damage. Mallorca are starting to look like a team in a bit of trouble and it’s hard to see them getting a result here.
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