Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
High-flying Atletico Madrid will look to build on a 3-1 win over Villarreal when they take on Mallorca on Matchday 14. Los Rojiblancos are eager to keep their 100% record at home intact, but los Bermellones should not be underestimated. Rodrigo de Paul is a major doubt after limping off with injury in Argentina’s 2-0 loss to Uruguay, while all Memphis Depay, Thomas Lemar, and Reinildo Mandava remain in the recovery room.
Mallorca, on the other hand, aim to escape the danger zone, but given their difficulties on the road, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. To make things even worse for the visiting team, key attacker Vedat Muriqi is sidelined with an ankle problem. In their last meeting at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Madrid defeated Mallorca 3-1 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Antoine Griezmann):
Anthony Griezmann is a French forward born on 21st March 1991 in Macon, and he is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting footballers at the moment. The pacey striker started showing his potential shortly after coming through Real Sociedad’s youth academy and he went on to score 46 goals in 179 league appearances for La Real. Excellent displays in Spanish la Liga saw him become a target for a number of top clubs, but he eventually choose to sign for Atletico Madrid, and that proved to be a very good decision.
Griezmann continued the rich vein of form at Vicente Calderon, scoring some important goals as los Colchoneros enjoyed domestic and European success, while also becoming a key member of the France national team.
Playing as a winger or second striker, Griezmann possesses impressive technical skills, he is a strong finisher and still finds time to work hard for his side, so no wonder he is widely regarded as one of the leading forwards on the continent. He won the U19 European Championship with France and is tipped to lead Les Bleus to glory on senior level as well.
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.