Friday’s La Liga preview: 2012/13 – round 20 – Espanyol v Mallorca

16 Jan

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Espanyol (16th) v Mallorca (18th)

With Sergio Garcia scoring the only goal of the game, Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol defeated Celta Vigo in Barcelona last weekend. Though Celta had three good chances to score, it was a routine home team wins game – which Espanyol used to be very good at.

Islanders Mallorca lost 3-1 away to Valladolid in their round nineteen clash. Victor was the Barralets scorer. All in all, Valladolid simply had better offensive players but, certainly when you consider that Mallorca’s Nsue had a goal ruled out in injury time, the final score was harsh on Caparros’s Mallorca.

On a head to head basis, matches between Espanyol and Mallorca are usually won by whoever is at home. On the Island, Mallorca won the last meeting 2-1 with Tomer Hemed scoring a brace.

Some strikers score freely against specific teams – and maybe Mallorca’s Israeli forward will net again today – but Hemed has not been in goalscoring form recently. His team, however, have scored in each of their last two league away games – one of them a surprising 2-1 defeat of Betis in Seville before the holiday break.

Given that Espanyol have scored in recent home games, then, it’s fair to say that the both teams to score bet has a strong chance of winning. However, Espanyol won this fixture 1-0 in 2012/12 La Liga and have won their last two home games to nil in 2012/13.

Therefore, in deciding on my recommendation, I’ve decided that a home win is the best bet on paper – particularly when you consider that Aguirre has not yet lost at El Prat since taking the reins.

Recommendation: Espanyol (2.0)

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