Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Buoyed by a hard-fought 1-0 win over Elche, Espanyol will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they face Mallorca on Matchday 24. Los Periquitos occupy 13th place in the standings, but they are only two points clear of the relegation zone. Defender Leandro Cabrera is back from suspension, but all Cesar Montes, Joselu, Keidi Bare, and Adria Pedrosa should miss out with injuries.
Los Bermellones, on the other hand, continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels. Mallorca defeated ten-man Villarreal 4-2 in front of home fans at the weekend, but given their modest away record, the share of spoils is on the cards in Barcelona. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to Catalonia. In the first half of the season the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
Highlighted Player (Benjamin Lecomte):
Benjamin Lecomte is a French goalkeeper who started playing football at the age of six. Lecomte was born in Paris on April 26, 1991 and in 1997 he joined Arcueil Municipal football academy. After spending eight years at the club he joined Antony Sports in 2006 and four years later he moved to Niort. Finally, he continued his footballing development at Lorient.
The 186-cm-tall shoot-stopper played 22 games Lorient B before making his first-team debut in October 2010 in a Coupe de la Ligue match against AS Monaco. In January 2011 Benjamin Lecomte signed a professional contract with les Merlus and it has to be noted that he made 119 appearance in the league for the club from 2010 to 2017.
In 2017 he moved to Montpellier, signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit. The Montpellier goalkeeper has 2 caps for France U20 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the senior team.
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.