RCD Mallorca will be welcoming Alaves to the Iberostar Stadium as for their 24th fixture in La Liga this season. Mallorca has been struggling to find form as they reside in the danger zone with 18 points on board while occupying the 18th spot. Whereas, Alaves is 14th in the league with 27 points under their belts and is fresh from a 2-1 win against Eibar. Mallorca on the other end has lost four and won just one of their last five games in the Spanish League.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Kick-Off- 5:30 PM (IST)
Venue- Iberostar Stadium
Fran Gamez has returned to fitness and should be starting at right-back for the hosts. Despite the poor run of results, Mallorca could resort to a similar playing eleven. Juan Hernandez and Ante Budimir should be persisted to lead the line of attack, while, Lago Junior, Idrissu Baba, Salva Sevilla and Daniel Rodriguez could compile the midfield.
Tomas Pina remains on the sidelines due to injury, while, second-choice keeper Roberto Jimenez is also out injured. Lisandro Magallan should be starting in as the centre-back along with Laguardia, Duarte and Navarro to form the back four. Lucas Perez and Joselu are in contention to lead the attack.
MLC (Expected Playing 11)- Reina; Agbenyenu, Raillo, Valjent, Gamez; Junior, Baba, Sevilla, Rodriguez; Hernandez, Budimir
ALA (Expected Playing 11)- Pacheco; Navarro, Magallan, Laguardia, Duarte; Vidal, Camarasa, Garcia, Burke; Perez, Joselu
Ante Budimir has been one of the standouts players for RCD Mallorca. Budimir has eight goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 65.3% from 22 appearances this season.
Joselu can be a threat on the final third from Deportivo Alaves‘ end. The 29-year-old has nine goals, and two assists from 1731 minutes in the league this season.
Dani Rodriguez has been pivotal in the midfield position for Mallorca. Rodriguez has four goals, an assist and a pass accuracy of 83.4% from 23 appearances for Mallorca.
Lucas Perez has also been the danger man for Alaves. Perez has nine goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 72.4% from 22 appearances in the league this season.
From the last six encounters between the two sides, four have been won by Alaves in contrast to just one win for Mallorca. One game has ended on level terms during the process.
Deportivo Alaves will be the favourites heading into the game.
Goalkeeper- M Reina
Defenders- L Agbenyenu, R Duarte, V Laguardia, M Valjent
Midfielders- O Burke, S Sevilla, D Rodriguez
Forwards- L Perez (C), Joselu (VC), A Budimir
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