Valencia vs Mallorca Predictions

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Valencia
Mallorca

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Tip Reasoning

After finishing 4th and lifting the Copa Del Rey in 2018/19, there are lofty expectations surrounding Valencia this season but it’s been a poor start for Marcelino’s men so far. Held to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla by Real Sociedad on the opening day, Los Ches were then outplayed by Celta Vigo at Balaidos last weekend and were a shade fortunate to only lose by a one goal margin.

They had summer signing Jasper Cillessen to thank for ultimately keeping the score down, as the Dutch No.1 superbly denied efforts from Iago Aspas and Denis Suarez before saving the latter’s penalty kick minutes from time. At the other end, Daniel Wass’ rasping shot was wonderfully deflected onto the crossbar by Celta stopper Ruben Blanco, but that was Valencia’s only real chance of note throughout the 90 minutes as Maxi Gomez failed to make an impact against his former suitors.

The result puts Valencia firmly on the back foot heading into Matchday 3, as they are already five points adrift of Atletico Madrid and Sevilla – two sides they should be mixing it with this term. A win against newly promoted Mallorca on Sunday is absolutely paramount for Marcelino’s charges, but it’s easy to envisage a tense atmosphere and pressure building at Mestalla unless the hosts are able to breakthrough early.

This does look a decent opportunity for Valencia to get up and running though, considering Mallorca lost nine of their 21 away games in Segunda last season. Los Bermellones picked up just 20 of their frankly modest 69 point haul in the second tier outside of Son Moix, so they look set to struggle massively on the road playing far superior teams week in, week out. Mestalla is notoriously one of the toughest venues to visit in the top flight and this could be a baptism of fire for Vicente Moreno’s side as they embark upon their first La Liga away game in six years.

Mallorca played well on the opening day to edge out Eibar 2-1 at Son Moix, however their limitations were somewhat exposed on Matchday 2 as they were turned over 0-1 by Real Sociedad. With Valencia losing just one of their last 14 La Liga matches at Mestalla and Mallorca winning just four times on their travels in Segunda last term, it’s easy to see why the visitors are huge underdogs for Sunday’s clash and we can more or less rule out a shock taking place.

Valencia make little appeal for single bets in the match betting at around the 2/5 mark, but those odds can be enhanced significantly by backing Los Ches to win this fixture to nil.

Mallorca failed to score in their last four Segunda away matches in 2018/19, whilst they have hardly been prolific in La Liga so far, with just one goal netted in two games. Valencia have kept clean sheets in six of their last 13 at Mestalla, so the odds for this wager are more than fair.

Don’t expect a free flowing Valencia based on how they have started the campaign, but class should tell in this one and we’re predicting a comfortable 2-0 success for the six time La Liga champions.

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