Valencia’s search for their first La Liga victory since December 20 will continue on Saturday afternoon when they make the trip to Visit Mallorca Estadi to take on Mallorca.
Los Che are currently 12th in the table, boasting 30 points from their 25 matches, while Mallorca sit 16th, six points clear of the relegation zone heading into the next set of fixtures.
Mallorca coach Luis Garcia on January 2, 2022© Reuters
Mallorca have won six, drawn right and lost 10 of their 24 league matches this season to collect 26 points, which has left them in 16th spot in the table, six points clear of the bottom three, while they also have a game in hand on 18th-placed Cadiz.
The Pirates are bidding to make it back-to-back seasons at this level of football for the first time since 2013, and their recent form has left them in a strong position to avoid the drop, winning two of their last three in the league against Cadiz and Athletic Bilbao.
Luis Garcia’s side will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 defeat at Real Betis on Sunday, but they have only lost once at home in Spain’s top flight since the end of September, which should leave them full of confidence heading into a contest with an out-of-form Valencia outfit.
Mallorca have not actually lost at home to Los Che since March 2011, while they have picked up four points from the last two league games between the two sides, including a 4-1 victory when they last locked horns in Palma in January 2020.
Valencia’s Yunus Musah celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 22, 2022© Reuters
Valencia, meanwhile, will enter this contest off the back of successive league defeats to Alaves and Barcelona, which has seen them drop into 12th position in the table.
Jose Bordalas’s side are in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of their last-four affair on February 10, but they have not been victorious in La Liga since December 20.
Towards the end of 2021, Valencia had the look of a side capable of challenging for a European spot, but they are now nine points behind sixth-placed Villarreal on the same number of matches (25).
The six-time Spanish champions finished 13th in Spain’s top flight last season – their worst campaign since claiming 14th in 1987-88 – but the club are only one point clear of 14th-placed Elche, while they are just four points ahead of Mallorca in 16th.
Valencia have struggled for consistency on their travels this season, collecting just 12 points from 12 away matches, which is only the 11th-best record in the division, while as mentioned, they have not managed to beat Mallorca on their travels in La Liga since March 2011.