Villarreal vs, Mallorca 6/16/20 La Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Mallorca (7-4-17) at Villarreal (12-5-11)
La Liga Soccer: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Estadio de la Ceramica)
The Line: Villarreal -195 / Draw +330 / Mallorca +475 -- O/U: 2.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Villarreal play host to Mallorca in La Liga soccer action from the Estadio de la Ceramica on Tuesday afternoon.
Villarreal come into this match sitting tied for 8th on 41 points with a record of 12 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses after picking up a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in their last match. In the win against Vigo, it was a fairly uneventful match, with each side having one booking in the first half and neither side getting on the scoresheet until the first minute of second half stoppage time when Manuel Trigueros bundled the ball into the back of the net to give Villarreal the win on the road as well as a massive three points in the hunt for Europe next year. Gerard Moreno leads Villarreal in scoring with 11 goals while Santi Cazorla has 8 goals and a team-high 6 assists this season. Sergio Asenjo is Villarreal’s top goalkeeper, conceding 1.12 goals per 90 minutes with 7 clean sheets in 25 league appearances this season.
Mallorca on the other hand come into this match sitting in 18th place, one point from safety with 25 points and a record of 7 wins, 4 draws and 17 losses following a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in their last match. Mallorca fell behind after just two minutes and Barcelona would carry on doubling their lead in the 37th minute. Mallorca dug themselves deeper in the 79th when Barcelona made it 3-0 and then a 4th in stoppage time. Mallorca had just 35% possession in the losing effort, leaving little doubt for Barcelona in the match. Ante Budimir leads Mallorca in scoring with 9 goals while Saiva Sevilla and Aleix Febas each have a team-high 3 assists this year. Manuel Reina Rodriguez is the top goalkeeper for Mallorca this year, conceding 1.59 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets in 27 league appearances this season.
The plus money with Mallorca is tempting as they won the first meeting this season 3-1 at home and don’t have to deal with a true road environment with no fans in the stands. However, Mallorca hasn’t been all that great for much of the season and while it was against Barcelona, their first game back wasn’t much to get excited about going forward. This is a winnable spot for Villarreal and they need to take advantage of these spots to get back into the race for the European spots in the standings. I’ll side with Villarreal on the -1 handicap to get the price down on the hosts in this one.