Two teams battling to remain in La Liga will lock horns for a key contest on Saturday afternoon, as Mallorca welcome Granada to Visit Mallorca Estadi.
Mallorca are currently 16th in Spain’s top flight, one point ahead of 18th-placed Granada, with both teams having four league games left to play of the 2021-22 campaign.
Mallorca suffered a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona last time out, but it was another positive performance from a team that have won two of their last four in the league, beating Atletico Madrid and Alaves in their last two home fixtures to leave themselves outside of the relegation zone heading into the final straight.
Javier Aguirre’s team are currently 16th in the table, one point clear of 18th-placed Granada, and they will take on Sevilla, Rayo Vallecano and Osasuna in their final three league games of the campaign.
Mallorca, who were promoted from the Segunda Division as runners-up last season, are bidding to make it back-to-back campaigns at this level of football for the first time since 2013.
The Pirates have had their problems this term, but Aguirre has won two of his five matches since taking over as manager, and survival is very much in their hands ahead of their final four league games.
Mallorca have been relatively impressive on home soil this season, picking up 24 points from their 17 matches, and they will be welcoming a Granada outfit that have won just twice on their travels this term.
Granada’s Antonio Puertas celebrates scoring their first goal with Carlos Bacca on January 8, 2022© Reuters
Granada, meanwhile, will enter the contest off the back of a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on May 1, which made it back-to-back draws in the league, having also shared the points with Atletico Madrid on April 20.
Aitor Karanka’s side are without a league victory since the middle of March, though, and a total of 31 points from 34 matches has left them in 18th spot in the table, one point behind 17th-placed Cadiz.
Despite only winning twice on their travels this season, Granada have been difficult to beat away from home, losing just eight of their 17 fixtures, which is a strong record considering their position in the table.
The Andalusian outfit have finished seventh and ninth in their last two La Liga campaigns, but they are now fighting to avoid relegation back to the second tier for the first time since 2018-19.
Granada have actually won their last three La Liga matches against Mallorca, including a 4-1 victory in the reverse match earlier this season.