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RCD Mallorca returns to Son Moix, which they have turned into a stronghold, after another defeat at home (Sevilla 2-0 RCDM). The Balearic squad has linked four league starts losing and without seeing the goal, a disastrous streak that contrasts enormously with the recent results in their stadium, where they have added four consecutive wins in LaLiga Santander (LL) for the first time since 2012.

Unocerismo: the vermillions have prevailed 1-0 in each of those four victories at home. Javier Aguirre’s team, 10th and closer to the European zone than to the relegation places, is at this point in the championship the second team with the fewest goals conceded at home. Considered at the beginning of the championship as one of the clubs most likely to lose the category, Mallorca can dream of achieving a place in European competitions, in which they have not participated since 2003-04 (UEFA Cup).

The Vermilion fans will give their team maximum encouragement to extend their magnificent streak at home by adding the three points against Villarreal, in a serious pothole and at risk of falling out of the fight for European places. The groguets, who have scored in only one of their last five visits to Mallorca (E2, P3), have chained three defeats in LL for the first time since March 2020, failing to score in two of them.

Despite the 1-0 defeat suffered against Barcelona last day, Quique Setién appreciated the effort of his players, pointing out that «we lacked a point of inspiration, which they did have to win the game». The coach of the Castellón team must guide his team to improve the poor results they are reaping away from home; defeated 3-1 against bottom club (Elche) in their most recent trip, Villarreal has only one win and three goals scored in their last nine LL games as visitors (W1, D3, P5).

Key battle: Vedat Muriqi has scored in 14 matches for Mallorca, nine of them ending in victory for the vermilion team (W9, D2, L3), including a 2-0 win over Villarreal (J13). One of those in charge of stopping the Kosovar striker will be Raúl Albiol, central defender and captain who has played 16 games in his career against Mallorca. In half of them, his team kept the goal unbeaten (W10, E1, P5).

Highlight: Only one of Mallorca’s ten home games in LL 2022-23 has had at least three goals. Son Moix is the stadium with the lowest average goals per game in this season (1.4).