Both Mallorca and Real Valladolid will be looking to return to winning ways in Spain’s top flight when they lock horns at Visit Mallorca Stadium. You can live bet on the Spanish top-flight league by using our sportsbook.
Mallorca: Mid-Table Team
Mallorca finished 16th in La Liga last term on their return to the top level, competing in back-to-back top-flight campaigns for the first time since 2013. There is still a lot of football to be played before the end of the season, but the Pirates can be delighted with their form thus far.
They returned from the World Cup break with a 2-0 defeat to Getafe but are still sitting 11th in the standings, equal on points with 10th-placed Valencia. Mallorca’s hopes of a first top-half La Liga finish since 2012 endured a minor setback on Dec. 30, but this is a great opportunity for the team to return to winning ways.
Mallorca was certainly one of the relegation candidates, but it looks like it has addressed some of the fundamental weaknesses in the team, particularly in goal, where Predrag Rajkovic should make a big difference. Young centre-back Jose Copete also looks like a real find on a free transfer from Ponferradina. You’d still worry should Vedat Muriqi get injured but assuming the striker can stay fit, Mallorca ought to be okay.
So far, so good for Muriqi, who is sitting third in the La Liga top-scorers chart with eight goals scored in 15 games. Only Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski scored more goals than Muriqi this season.
If you’re betting online, you should start backing him in each game. Mallorca will be boosted by the return of Martin Valjent from suspension, while Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta is also available after serving his suspension.
Valladolid: Poor Form
Valladolid was dealt a really tough set of opening fixtures and hasn’t been helped by early-season injuries to the likes of Shon Weissman and Gonzalo Plata. It feels like a squad that will be short on goals and one that may struggle to beat the drop. They are now sitting 15th in the standings, five points above the red zone, but the schedule is very difficult.
The team has now lost three of its last four in the league, including its last two without scoring, which has increased the pressure heading into this contest. Valladolid finished second in the second division last season to secure a return to the top flight and will be looking to remain here for another campaign.
This is the type of game that is likely to determine what kind of season Valladolid will have. The Pucelle are playing a team with a poor home record with no big expectations for this season, but we shouldn’t trust Valladolid on their travels, so don’t include them in your soccer picks and parlays.
Sergio Leon is suspended following his red card against Real Madrid in the league last time out, while Javi Sanchez is also banned due to his yellow card in the same fixture.
Mallorca vs Valladolid Head-to-Head
It has been three years since these two teams locked horns, and surprisingly Valladolid has been the better team. We would have to go back to 2013 to find the last game at this venue, where the hosts defeated Valladolid.
Valladolid is struggling at the back, allowing two or more goals in five of their past six away league games, and has a 100 percent losing record on the road barring a single draw and a win.
Mallorca vs Valladolid Match Information
- Match: Mallorca (5-4-6) vs Valladolid (5-2-8)
- Location: Visit Mallorca Estadium, Palma de Mallorca
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 7, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Mallorca vs Real Valladolid Live Stream: fubo.tv
Mallorca vs Valladolid Betting Lines
Mallorca vs Valladolid Picks & Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as favorites priced at -105 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds, while the goal line is set at two.
Mallorca is in a strong position to secure the three points this weekend. Valladolid is one of the worst attacking teams in the league, with just 13 goals scored; it has a poor away record and is missing two of its key players. This game should stay under, but the line is set at two, so that’s a risky approach.
The Mallorca are listed at -105 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Mallorca, you have a chance to win $95. The Valladolid are +330, offering a chance to win $330 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Mallorca a 51.22% chance to win, with Valladolid at 23.26%.
Mallorca vs Real Valladolid Match Detail