• Mallorca boast the worst away form in La Liga with just five points collected from 13 games
  • Villarreal have lost only three of their last 13 home games, winning three of their last five
  • Both teams have scored in each of Villarreal’s last four home league games

Villarreal should make home advantage count

Villarreal were impressive 1-0 winners at Celta Vigo on La Liga’s return to action and should have few problems following up at home to poor travellers Mallorca.

Despite needing an injury-time strike from Manu Trigueros, it was a deserved success for the Yellow Submarine who enjoyed 59 per cent possession and won the shot count 11-2.

Celta Vigo are a dangerous side, particularly on home soil, but they failed to register a shot on target and it was an excellent performance from Javier Calleja’s crew, who still have realistic ambitions of qualifying for European football.

Villarreal have lost just three of their 13 home league games this term, winning three of their last five, and won’t have many easier opportunities to bolster that tally than at home to Mallorca.

The Yellow Submarine have also held Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on their own patch this season and although 3-1 losers at Mallorca in November, we are predicting them to exact their revenge.

Mallorca’s road woes set to continue

Mallorca were picked off 4-0 by title chasers Barcelona on Saturday and a trip to Villarreal is unlikely to see their fortunes change.

With ten games remaining, Mallorca are third from bottom, a point off safety, and must improve their away form if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Segunda Division.

Los Bermellones boast the worst away form in La Liga with just five points collected from their 13 games. They have won only once on the road this term and that was a hard-fought 2-1 victory at fellow strugglers Eibar.

Mallorca have conceded 30 goals in those 13 away games, shipping two or more on nine occasions, and those defensive frailties should be exposed by a Villarreal frontline featuring the likes of Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer and Carlos Bacca.

Visitors could grab a consolation

Both teams have scored in each of Villarreal’s last four home league games and although they are likely to dominate, there’s every chance Mallorca can grab a consolation.

Although beaten 4-0 by Barcelona, Mallorca forced 13 shots and creating a similar number of chances at the Estadio de la Ceramica should see them make their breakthrough.

For all their road struggles, Mallorca have scored in five of their last eight away games which includes twice at Barcelona and Celta Vigo and three times at Real Betis.

Villarreal have conceded in four of their six home league wins this term and may do so again here, so a 3-1 Villarreal win works perfectly for our correct score prediction.


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