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La Liga | Gameweek 2
Aug 18, 2023 at 6.30pm UK
Estadio Iberoamericano 2010
Villarreal logo

0 - 1

Mascarell (2'), Valjent (73')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Moreno (62')
Terrats (45+5'), Brereton Diaz (45'), Baena (51'), Comesana (83')

Preview: Mallorca vs. Villarreal - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Friday's La Liga clash between Mallorca and Villarreal, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Villarreal will be bidding to bounce back from their opening-weekend loss to Real Betis when they continue their La Liga campaign away to Mallorca on Friday night.

The Yellow Submarine suffered a 2-1 home defeat in their opening match of the season, while Mallorca came from behind to draw 1-1 with Las Palmas in their first game of the 2023-24 campaign.

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Mallorca coach Javier Aguirre before the match on February 5, 2023© Reuters

Mallorca fell behind in the first half of their opening-night clash with Las Palmas on August 12, but they managed to level the scores in the second period through Antonio Raillo, with the points being shared.

Javier Aguirre's side will now be bidding to secure their first three points of the season, as they prepare to welcome a Villarreal outfit that they beat twice last season, including a 4-2 success at home.

Mallorca finished ninth in Spain's top flight last season and will be aiming for a top-half position once again, with their summer activity suggesting that a strong campaign is more than possible.

Sergi Darder, Cyle Larin, Samu Costa, Siebe Van der Heyden, Manu Morlanes, Omar Mascarell and Toni Lato have all arrived at the club during an impressive transfer window.

Lee Kang-in has been their major departure to Paris Saint-Germain, but the likes of Inigo Ruiz de Galaretta, Angel Rodriguez and Iddrisu Baba have also moved on this summer.

Villarreal's Ben Brereton Diaz celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on August 5, 2023© Reuters

Villarreal, meanwhile, suffered a 2-1 loss to Real Betis in their first match of the season; Ayoze Perez sent the Green and Whites ahead at Estadio de la Ceramica before Jorge Cuenca levelled the scores in the 61st minute.

It did appear that the points would be shared, but the visitors had other ideas, with Willian Jose deciding the match in the 95th minute to make it a disappointing start to the season for the Yellow Submarine.

Quique Setien's side finished fifth in Spain's top flight last season, picking up 64 points from their 38 matches, which saw them qualify for the group stage of the 2023-24 Europa League.

Villarreal have been able to bring a number of new players to the club this summer, including Alexander Sorloth, Ramon Terrats and Denis Suarez, but they have lost some key figures in the shape of Nicolas Jackson, Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze, who have all departed in big-money deals.

The Yellow Submarine's summer business has certainly boosted them financially, but the supporters will hope that it has not come at a cost in terms of success on the field.

Mallorca La Liga form:
  • D

Villarreal La Liga form:
  • L

Team News

Villarreal's Francis Coquelin is stretchered off after sustaining an injury on February 12, 2023© Reuters

Mallorca had a full squad for their opening match of the season and that is again expected to be the case on Friday unless there are any late setbacks in training.

Head coach Aguirre could decide to change to a back four for this match, which would allow Larin to come into an attacking position alongside Vedat Muriqi and Amath Ndiaye.

Darder was a half-time substitute against Las Palmas last time out, meanwhile, and the summer arrival could now come into the starting side as part of a midfield three.

Villarreal, meanwhile, remain without the services of Francis Coquelin due to a long-term knee problem.

Alberto Moreno had to be replaced in the first half of the clash with Real Betis and is also expected to miss out, which could see Alfonso Pedraza introduced into the starting side.

Etienne Capoue is also expected to come into the XI, but head coach Setien is likely to resist the temptation to make wholesale changes, with Gerard Moreno, Sorloth and Alex Baena potentially again featuring as the front three despite struggling to make their mark in the loss to Real Betis.

Mallorca possible starting lineup:
Rajkovic; Maffeo, Valjent, Copete, Costa; D Rodriguez, Morlanes, Darder; Ndiaye, Muriqi, Larin

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Jorgensen; Foyth, Mandi, Cuenca, Pedraza; Capoue, Parejo, Terrats; G Moreno, Sorloth, Baena

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We say: Mallorca 1-1 Villarreal

Villarreal will be desperate to bounce back from their loss to Real Betis, but Mallorca are a very good side, and we are struggling to back the hosts to lose. There has also been one draw in the last eight league meetings between these two sides, but we are expecting the points to be shared here.

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