La Liga action resumes after the international break this weekend, with the first match in Spain taking place on Friday evening. Mallorca will be looking to end a four-game winless run when they host Osasuna, who could move up to seventh with a win.
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Two sides that would feel that the international break came at the right moment in the context of their season will lock horns on Friday evening. Mallorca will have the home advantage this weekend, as they bid to end a four-game winless run. Over that period, they have suffered three defeats, which has seen them drop to eleventh in the standings. However, they could move back up to ninth this weekend if they are able to claim maximum points.
The Spanish side suffered a 12th defeat of the season in their most recent fixture in the league. No side in the top half has suffered more defeats this term, which shows that they are looking to alter their fortunes to achieve that finish this season. However, defeat this weekend could enable the sides below them to suck them back into the relegation scrap.
Osasuna could yet enjoy an excellent second half to the season, as they are currently ninth in the standings. At present, they sit six points off the European spots, and could close the gap to three points on Friday before their rivals get the opportunity to respond. However, they come into this match after winning just once in their previous five.
Osasuna has also lost each of their previous two matches in the league, and have gone three without victory. Furthermore, they haven’t scored in each of their last three league matches, with the most recent of those coming in the form of a 3-0 loss at home against Villarreal.
Mallorca vs Osasuna Head to Head
Draws have plagued this fixture in recent years, with seven of the last ten La Liga clashes between Mallorca and Osasuna ending in ties. However, the visitors this weekend have won two of the previous three, including a 3-2 victory in this exact fixture last season.
Mallorca vs Osasuna Prediction
Osasuna will already have one eye on their upcoming Copa del Rey second leg next week, which means that we could see the hosts ending their winless run in the league this weekend. However, we expect a low scoring match, with under 2.5 goals being scored.
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