Albacete vs Mallorca
Spain – LaLiga2 Playoff
Date: Sunday, 16 June 2019
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Carlos Belmonte (Albacete).
Mallorca took full advantage of the first leg being at their home. Not only did the team prevent themselves from conceding an away goal, but they scored two as well. Now, with just ninety minutes remaining, even a 3-1 loss in the return leg will take them to the finals.
The first leg saw the hosts beginning on the right note, as they broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute itself. Albacete, who had finished higher in the table during the regular season, could not respond to the challenge put forth by the home team.
The guests tried two quick substitutions in hopes of turning the game around but had to deal with another conceded goal right at the end, in the 89th minute.
The 2-0 loss has deflated their spirits a bit, and now their season rests on their home leg, where they’ll need at least a three-goal margin win to advance.
Albacete vs Mallorca Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last nine matches saw eight home wins.
- Six of the last nine meetings saw Mallorca scoring two or more goals.
- Mallorca has never won at this venue.
- Albacete won the last four fixtures at this stadium in a row.
Albacete vs Mallorca Prediction
The two-goal margin that the hosts will have to overcome might become handy. The visitors will obviously target this apparent weakness of their counterparts, and on top of that, they are already brimming with confidence due to the win they had in the first leg.
Albacete needs three unanswered goals in the regular time, and they have no option but to attack. This will leave spaces at the back, which could be efficiently utilized by Mallorca to score at least a goal.
Coming to the home team, h2h stats do point to them having the upper hand under normal circumstances, but these are not those times. They surely do have the firepower to score, but the question is, whether they could handle the pressure and keep a clean sheet.
Sadly, the answer seems to be no. They could score goals by relentless effort, but Mallorca will not let this advantage slip, especially when they are so close to their objective.
As such, expect attacking football throughout the tie, and as a result, goals at either end of the pitch. But at the end of the day, the guests will be progressing.
Albacete vs Mallorca Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.67 (2/3)
Mallorca to Qualify @ 1.75 (3/4).