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May 15, 2022 at 6.30pm UK at Iberostar Stadium
Mallorca
2 - 1
Rayo Vallecano
Muriqi (13'), Prats (90+2')
Muriqi (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ciss (60')

Preview: Mallorca vs. Rayo Vallecano - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Mallorca vs. Rayo Vallecano - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Now with just two games left to escape the bottom three of the La Liga table, Mallorca will head into Sunday's contest against Rayo Vallecano with a desperate need for a victory.

The hosts held Sevilla to a draw last time out but remain two points adrift of safety in 18th spot.


Match preview

Mallorca made a commendable start to life back in La Liga this season following their promotion, but a dismal run of form after the turn of the year quickly dragged them into danger.

Back-to-back wins in February will have provided cause for optimism, but Javier Aguirre's side went on to lose their next seven matches to drop into the relegation zone.

Following crucial wins over Alaves and Atletico Madrid, either side of a 3-0 defeat to Elche, Los Piratas again suffered consecutive losses heading into a tough clash with high-flying Sevilla last time out, but they were able to grind out a goalless draw in impressive fashion and add an important point to their tally.

While Aguirre will be pleased with that result, a victory for Cadiz in midweek meant that Mallorca remain two points adrift, and, with just two games left to play, they will know they realistically need at least one victory to stand a chance of preserving their top-flight status for another season.

They welcome a Rayo Vallecano side who enjoyed an even stronger start to the campaign following the two teams' promotions last term, as the visitors consistently remained in and around the top eight for the first half of the season.

Los Vallecanos also experienced a major dip in form after the halfway stage though, and, despite their head start, they briefly dropped worryingly close to the fight for survival following a 13-game winless run from the beginning of January to mid-April.

They were finally able to put an end to that slump with a 1-0 win over Espanyol, before beating Barcelona by the same scoreline against the odds at the Camp Nou to ensure they would not be dragged any further into the relegation scrap in the final straight of the season.

After those wins were followed by consecutive draws, Andoni Iraola's side hosted Villarreal last time out, and they were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing, despite Sergi Guardiola initially drawing them level on the half-hour mark, as the visitors ran riot late in the first half.

Nonetheless, with the aim of survival comfortably achieved, Rayo Vallecano can focus on putting that result behind them and finishing the season on a high, with the chance to improve on their current position in 12th place and push for a top-half finish.

Mallorca La Liga form:
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Rayo Vallecano La Liga form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • L


Team News

Following their impressive showing away at Sevilla, Aguirre is unlikely to make many alterations to his Mallorca side for Sunday's game, with the trio of Martin Valjent, Brian Olivan and Antonio Raillo bound to remain unchanged at the heart of the defence.

Likewise, Salva Sevilla, Rodrigo Battaglia and Antonio Sanchez should all keep their places in the engine room, with Los Piratas unlikely to deviate from the setup of last game.

Vedat Muriqi will continue to lead the line, having scored four goals in 14 La Liga appearances since arriving on loan from Lazio in January.

Sergi Guardiola kept his place up front for Rayo Vallecano last time out, despite Radamel Falcao recently returning to the goals, and, after getting on the scoresheet, he should again be given the nod with the Colombian veteran likely used as an option off the bench.

Whichever striker is deployed will be supported by wingers Bebe and Alvaro Garcia, although they will be without creative midfielder Santi Comesana, who is suspended after being shown a 10th league yellow card of the season in the defeat to Villarreal.

In the absence of one of their key men, Oscar Trejo and Randy Nteka will likely battle for the final spot in the supporting trio.

Mallorca possible starting lineup:
Reina; Maffeo, Valjent, Raillo, Olivan, Costa; Battaglia, Sanchez, Sevilla; Muriqi, Rodriguez

Rayo Vallecano possible starting lineup:
Dimitrievski; Balliu, Maras, Catena, F Garcia; Lopez, Valentin; Bebe, Trejo, A Garcia; Guardiola


We say: Mallorca 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

With a tough trip to Osasuna looming on the final day, Mallorca should see Sunday's game as an absolute must-win, and we fancy them to outfight a Rayo Vallecano team who have less to play for in comparison and will be wounded from a thrashing last time out.



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