Our prediction for this Copa del Rey match:
Estadio Pepe Quimaran will host Thursday’s Copa del Rey game between Llanera and Mallorca, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in the Spanish Cup. Llanera set up a meeting with Mallorca by beating Logrones 2-1 at home ground, but they will have a mountain to climb in the last 64. You should bear in mind that the Segunda B side are undefeated in the previous four home games in all competitions.
Los Bermellones, on the other hand, head into the match following a goalless draw with Celta Vigo. Mallorca did well to beat Atletico Madrid in their last away game in Primera Division, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Posada de Llanera. David faces Goliath at Estadio Pepe Quimaran, and, taking everything into account, anything but a routine away win would be a major surprise. All Hoppe, Junior, and Raillo should miss out with injuries for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Joan Sastre):
Joan Sastre, who started his youth career at Mallorca back in 2009, has been playing for los Bermellones ever since. Sastre made his senior debut with Mallorca in a 1-0 win over Peralada on August 20, 2017 and he scored his first ever goal for the islanders in a 1-1 draw with Badalona on December 10, 2017.
The pacey right back was born in Porreres, Spain on April 30, 1997 and it has to be noted that he has two caps with la Roja U19 team. Joan Sastre has established himself as a first-team regular at Mallorca, with the defender making 29 appearances in the Segunda Division last term.
The Spaniard was deployed in the starting line-up for the decider against Deportivo La Coruna where Mallorca emerged triumphant (3-0) and secured promotion to La Liga. Joan Sastre’s contract with los Bermellones should expire on June 30, 2023. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Mallorca):
Thanks to a win over Deportivo La Coruna in the 2018/2019 Segunda Division play-offs final Mallorca secured promotion to Primera Division. Los Bermellones returned to the Spanish top flight following a six-year absence. Over the years Mallorca have turned their Estadi de son Moix into a real fortress, with the team producing much better showings at home than on the travels.
Opened in June 1999, the venue can hold up to 23,142 people. The club based in Balearic Islands are well known for their red shirts with one black stripe and black shorts. Mallorca’s away colours are white and red. Former Barcelona and Inter ace Samuel Eto’o is undisputedly the most notable footballer who played for the club.
Back in 1999 Mallorca made it to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Lazio in the title game. Four years later los Bermellones won Spanish Copa del Rey, which is considered the club’s biggest success.