There are two La Liga games scheduled for Friday, three on Saturday, three on Sunday and two on Monday. Saturday’s menu includes Real Madrid visiting Celta de Vigo and Mallorca playing host to Real Betis.
Betis is one of the five teams that started the season with a victory while also keeping a clean sheet. Mallorca, which played on the road, also managed to keep a clean sheet but couldn’t get the three points. Now, the two will collide at Visit Mallorca Estadi, where Los Piratas have been considerably better the last couple of seasons, making them a very tempting soccer betting underdog.
Mallorca: Good Start
A scoreless draw can be viewed two ways. For example, Barcelona drew 0-0 to Rayo Vallecano at home on Saturday. For a team like Barca, that’s a terrible result. One day later, Mallorca drew 0-0 to Athletic Bilbao on the road. For a team like Mallorca, that’s a good result.
First of all, Los Piratas were playing away. They are nothing like Barcelona. which has a roster that is more talented and much more expensive and is expected to compete for the title. Los Piratas aren’t. But enough comparisons, let’s focus on Mallorca.
Los Piratas’ defense did a great job containing Bilbao’s efforts. The home side won possession with 65 percent and made 23 shots in total, six on target. Goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic, who was making his debut, was crucial for Los Piratas to get a point.
“I am very happy for the debut. It was a very difficult match, but in the end we got a very important point. We are looking forward to playing at home and meeting our fans,” said Rajkovic during an interview.
Rajkovic has every reason to be so optimistic. Last season, Mallorca finished with a 10-9-19 record. Seven of those victories were at home. Overall, they scored four more goals when playing at home and allowed 13 less. I told you, Los Pirates become a very tempting online gambling underdog when playing at Visit Mallorca Estadi, especially at +200.
Real Betis: Great Start
If Mallorca had a good start, Real Betis had a great start. Los Verdiblancos played host to Elche C.F. and won 3-0. Borja Iglesias scored the opener at 28 minutes. Later, Juanmi Jimenez scored twice to become one of the league’s top scorers. Alejandro Baena (Villarreal) and Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid) also scored two goals on Matchday 1.
Los Verdiblancos dominated from start to finish, winning possession with 73 percent and taking eight shots on target, six more than the visitors. Playing with one more player from the 16th minute of the first half helped a lot but it wasn’t the main reason for such a resounding victory.
After all, we’re talking about the reigning Copa del Rey champions and one of the top dark horses to dethrone Real Madrid. Last season, Jimenez scored 16 goals, which means we’re also talking about one of the best strikers in the league. There’s no doubt that he’s the main reason for you to consider including Los Verdiblancos, who are offering a +150 price, in your soccer picks.
Iglesias and Nabil Fekir are also very good reasons. Last season, the two of them followed Jimenez with 12 and seven goals, respectively. Any of them can tip the scales in Los Verdiblancos’ favor.
Betis finished last season with a 9-6-4 record when playing on the road. They lost three games less than when playing at home. They also allowed four goals less. In other words, they tend to maintain their style no matter where they play.
Mallorca vs Real Betis Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 76
- Mallorca Victories: 31 (95 goals)
- Real Betis Victories: 31 (102 goals)
- Draws: 14
Last season, Mallorca and Real Betis gave us two very entertaining games. First, they drew 1-1 in Palma. Brian Olivan scored the opener for Los Piratas during the first half while Los Verdiblancos scored the equalizer in the second. Well, kind of, as it was Manolo Reina who scored an own goal.
Later, Betis defeated Mallorca 2-1 in Seville. Alex Moreno and William Jose scored for Betis while Vedat Muriqi did it for Mallorca. It was a very physical game in which the referee ended up showing five yellow cards in total.
Mallorca vs Real Betis Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Aug. 20
- Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Visit Mallorca Estadi, Palma
- Mallorca vs Real Betis Live Stream: fubo.tv
Mallorca vs Real Betis Betting Lines
|Mallorca||pk +115||+200||2½ +115o|
|Betis||pk -135||+150||2½ -135u|
Mallorca vs Real Betis Prediction
Matches between these two are usually very close. Real Betis owns a 4-3-3 record over their last 10 meetings. Three of those four victories were by only one goal. That being said, there’s no doubt that Real Betis is the better team. As if that wasn’t enough, they’re highly motivated. Summing up, Los Verdiblancos at +150 is such a good betting online offer that you would be crazy not to take it.