Espanyol vs Mallorca Predictions & Match Preview

Espanyol vs Mallorca

Espanyol vs Mallorca predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as Javier Aguirre’s team head to the RCDE Stadium.

DateSaturday 25th February 2023
Kick-Off14:00 (CET)
StadiumRCDE Stadium
CompetitionLaLiga

Espanyol vs Mallorca Preview


Espanyol match

Espanyol and Mallorca meet at the RCDE Stadium this weekend. Diego Martinez’s team will view this as an opportunity to finally put some distance between themselves and the relegation places.

There was a boost last weekend for the Catalan club and although the performance wasn’t convincing, a fine Stoppage Time winner from Sergi Darder at Elche was one of the moments of the season so far for Espanyol. It was an important three points following an abject display against Real Sociedad in their most recent home game and with Joselu absent, it wasn’t a great surprise to see Darder step up and provide the game’s decisive contribution.

Darder has been one of the shining lights for Espanyol in recent years and provides a touch of real quality in midfield. Indeed, on paper, Martinez’s side do look strong in the centre of the pitch now with January signing Denis Suarez starting at Elche while Vini Souza looks a bright prospect. Defensively there are still doubts though while it’s likely top scorer Joselu will be missing again here.

Mallorca travel hoping to improve on their dire recent away form. They’ve lost all 4 road games since the World Cup to nil and that includes trips to struggling Getafe and Cadiz. They did pick up some decent results earlier in the season on their travels but the current disparity between home and away results and performances will be baffling for their fans.

They made it 5 straight home wins in LaLiga last time out, seeing off 10-man Villarreal by a 4-2 margin. That kind of scoreline has been far from typical for Mallorca this term with their league games averaging just 1.91 goals per match. They have no major selection issues here but will be wary of losing Vedat Muriqi who is one booking away from a suspension.


Team News & Possible Lineups


Espanyol

INJUREDPedrosa, Bare
DOUBTFULJoselu, Montes, Dani Gomez, Calero
BANNED

Possible XI: Pacheco – Olivan, Cabrera, Gragera – Gil, Souza, Darder, Denis Suarez, Vidal – Puado, Braithwaite (3-5-2)

Coach: Diego Martinez

Mallorca

INJURED
DOUBTFUL
BANNED

Possible XI: Rajkovic – Copete, Raillo, Valjent – Costa, Dani Rodriguez, Ruiz de Galarreta, Maffeo – Kang-in – Kadewere, Muriqi (3-4-1-2)

Coach: Javier Aguirre


Score Prediction: Espanyol 1-0 Mallorca


Espanyol may go with three at the back again as they bid to ease their defensive issues and with Mallorca having failed to score away since before the World Cup break, they stand every chance of getting another rare clean sheet. The hosts look the team most likely to win it, although a close game is likely.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Freelance requests: marksochon (at) hotmail.co.uk