RCD Mallorca visit Cordoba CF on Sunday at midday with fans and supporters of the Vermillion wondering which RCD Mallorca will turn up. Having shaken off their allergy to playing away from the island, the side were victorious in glorious circumstances the last time they got on a plane, inflicting the first defeat of the season for Las Palmas at their own ground.
However, RCD Mallorca fans will be afraid that the frailties that have hamstrung the side away from home this season may return. The current attitude, approach and confidence of the team suggests otherwise and RCD Mallorca go into the game in their richest vein of form of the season.
Manager Vicente Moreno seems to have found the winning combination in midfield, with Baba replacing Marc Pedraza in this latest run of games, in which the Vermillion are unbeaten in 6 games, their best run of the season. Baba has been instrumental in the run, starting the last three games which all also ended in victories. A welcome return to form from goal machine Lago Junior at the critical stage of the season
Cordoba CF will be no push overs despite their lowly position of 21st, above only the disbanded Reus. This is a team that usually finds the score sheet and are 9 points from safety with enough time to claw back that deficit. A team fighting for their lives and in front of their home fans is a difficult prospect. As ever, the first goal is critical and will play a large part in quietening the crowd.
In the first away victory of 2019 two weeks ago, RCD Mallorca played with a verve and energy seldom seen away from the island this season. They took more of the ball, played with a high tempo, got players forwards and into the box in support and reaped the rewards. They even managed a headed goal from a set piece, a real collectors item for RCD Mallorca this Segunda campaign.
The side is riding on the crest of a wave and, with some favourable fixtures to come away from home, it is with expectation more than hope now that RCD Mallorca can collect some points on the road. Adding that string to their bow at this stage would be particularly welcome and if teams start to crumble around them it will unlock the possibility of automatic spots. It does, of course, depend on which RCD Mallorca side turns up.
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Baba is currently unwell and a doubt, Marc Pedraza will deputise if he is unable to travel. Vicente Moreno’s only other selection headaches are over whether to return Aridai Cabrera and Abdon Prats to the side following their goals after coming off the bench last week. After not making enough of an impact in his opportunities this season, particularly away from home, I expect Leo Suarez to give way for Aridai.
RCD Mallorca go into the game unbeaten in 6 games and dreaming big. A win on Sunday, with favourable results and a free three points next week (for the fixture vs Reus), and the Vermillion will start to look at the top two positions, such is their momentum.
Cordoba CF are bottom for a reason and have only picked up 23 points this season so far, less than half of that of their opponents. They have shown in recent games that they can be a thorn in the side of promotion hopefuls, doing RCD Mallorca a favour last week by picking up a point away to Cadiz. They also took a point at home against Malaga. Whilst the Cordobans concede a lot of goals, they usually find the net themselves, having failed to score in only one game in the last 11, both home and away.
Real Oviedo and Cadiz are hot on the heels of Mallorca in the chase for 6th position, 2 and 4 points behind, respectively. Real Oviedo are home to play off side Deportivo La Coruña on Sunday at 6pm, with RCD Mallorca to benefit one away or the other whatever the result. Meanwhile, Cadiz take their turn to pick up the automatic 3 points with their game against Reus. In light of this, a win for Real Mallorca would heap pressure onto all three teams next week.
Malaga and Albacete are 3 and 5 points ahead of the Vermillion in the play off zone, in 3rd and 4th position. Malaga open the weekend’s fixtures with a very winnable home game against Sporting Gijon who have a very outside chance of making 6th position. Any failure to take full points from that game would be a major blow to their automatic promotion hopes. Albacete Balompie host relegation threatened CD Tenerife who will put up a fight but a home victory should be expected.
Finally, for those optimistic RCD Mallorca fans, we sit only 7 points away from the top two automatic positions. Whilst it seems unthinkable that we could chase these sides down, Granada do not have the luxury of a free three points against Reus so will be pegged back to only a 4 point advantage of RCD Mallorca. That, coupled with the fact they have a very difficult run in, means that there is all to play for for the Vermillion if they can look after their own business first in the game in Cordoba.
I fancy Cordoba CF to score at some stage but the Vermillion to come out on top in this one, so long as they are able to get the first goal of the game.
Cordoba CF 1 – 2 RCD Mallorca
CD Tenerife (a)
Predicted – Win
Result- 2-2 Draw
Elche CF (h)
Predicted – 2-1 Win
Result – 1-1 Draw
Real Oviedo (h)
Predicted – 1-1 Draw
Result – 1-0
UD Las Palmas (a)
Real Zaragoza (h)