Son Moix hosts this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. a more than interesting duel between RCD Mallorca and Real Sociedad, which has been a real black beast for the Balearic squad in recent years. Mallorca has suffered a downturn, chaining defeats against Espanyol (2-1) and Elche (1-0), and a third consecutive defeat in LaLiga Santander (LL) for the first time under the command of Javier Aguirre would leave the vermilions near the relegation zone.
Returning to the path of victory will not be easy against Real, who have won the last seven clashes between vermilions and the blue and whites since 2012. Incredibly, Mallorca have not scored a single goal in those seven duels. For Javier “Vasco” Aguirre’s team, a good start to the game can be essential: Mallorca has not lost any of LL’s last 16 home games in which they have opened the scoring (G12, D4).
Immersed in the fight for places in the Champions League, Real Sociedad remains in fourth position and will provisionally rise to third if they add the three points. Imanol Alguacil, who opted for the youth academy since he took over the reins of Real, has transformed the txuri-urdin team into a showy and balanced team in all its lines that continues to grow in the elite of Spanish football.
Although their qualifying situation is privileged, Real Sociedad is going through a bad streak of results that they need to end as soon as possible. Defeated by AS Roma in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16 this Thursday (ASR 2-0 RS), Real has gone four games without winning (E2, P2). After losing 1-0 against Valencia in their last league outing, the blue and white team could string together two league defeats away from home for the first time since December 2021.
Players to watch: Not being able to count on striker Vedat Muriqi (10 goals in LL 2022-23, suspended) for this match, Dani Rodríguez will assume a large part of Mallorca’s offensive responsibility; The Galician midfielder has scored / assisted three goals (G2, A1) in his last three appearances. Mikel Merino, a key player in Real’s midfield and second highest assist in the championship (seven), has signed two goals and one assist in the last five league games he has played against Mallorca.
Highlight: At the start of this day, only two teams have achieved more victories with a clean sheet than Mallorca and Real Sociedad (seven each) in LL 2022-23.