Mallorca vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as La Real travel to the Balearic Islands.
|Wednesday 2nd March 2022
|21:00 (local time)
|Visit Mallorca Estadi
Mallorca vs Real Sociedad Preview
Mallorca and Real Sociedad clash in the only game in LaLiga this midweek. This represents a game in hand for both clubs on the sides around them in the table and both will be desperate to make it count.
Victory for 16th placed Mallorca would give them an 8 point cushion on the drop-zone which would feel significant and they’d be creeping towards that survival goal. They have lost their last two league games but haven’t really been made to pay with the three sides immediately below them having all failed to win either of their last two outings.
Mallorca will sense an opportunity missed at the weekend. They had 23 attempts on goal, the most in LaLiga on matchday 26, but failed to score with any of them in a disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Valencia. With Take Kubo impressing though, there was plenty to encourage Luis Garcia who appears to have found a more effective approach in recent weeks which helped deliver key wins over Athletic Club and Cadiz in February.
As for Real Sociedad, they now only have LaLiga to focus on following disappointing exits from both the Copa del Rey and Europa League. The wheels really were in danger of falling off their season with La Real also sliding down into the last of the European positions before a morale-boosting 1-0 home win over Osasuna at the weekend.
This is perhaps Imanol’s toughest period since taking over at the Reale Arena and he really needs to try to find a way to lift his players once more, heading into the business end of the campaign. Real Sociedad have set the bar high in recent years and with a youthful squad, the expectation was that they’d only get better but that hasn’t really materialised this term and they need some of their key men to stand up and produce their best football again between now and May if they want to secure Europa League football again.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Mallorca Win.
- Mallorca have won 4 of their last 5 home games against this opposition.
- However Real Sociedad did win 1-0 here on their most recent visit in 2019.
- La Real have won the last 4 meetings, including a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture earlier this term.
Iñigo Ruiz de Galarreta and Dominik Greif remain out for Mallorca. Iddrisu Baba is a doubt.
Ander Barrenetxea and Adnan Januzaj are out for the visitors. Mikel Merino and Diego Rico are doubts.
Mallorca vs Real Sociedad Predictions
Score Prediction: Mallorca 1-1 Real Sociedad
It’s tough to pick a winner here. Real Sociedad are the stronger side on paper but they haven’t been near their best of late and fatigue has perhaps been a factor with the games mounting up on all fronts. It’s certainly a chance for Mallorca but they can be a bit wasteful in front of goal and a draw looks like it could be on the cards here.
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