Mallorca prepare to welcome Real Sociedad to the Iberostar Estadi this Sunday, desperate to improve on their disappointing start to 2011/12.
The Spanish islanders have only recorded one victory so far in La Liga this season – a 1-0 home win over Espanyol on matchday one back in August – and they are flirting dangerously with the relegation places in 15th.
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The fans are already frustrated with what they have seen and considering that patience isn’t the strongest element to football these days, they need to start turning things round.
As ever, momentum is massive at this stage of the season and quite simply, Mallorca need to start building some. Starting this weekend.
Sociedad, on the other hand, have had a solid start with two wins, a draw and one defeat from their four opening games and as a result, they will be slight favourites with the bookmakers for the weekend contest.
But it’s still early days of course and Mallorca are known for being tough to beat on their home patch. Therefore, it promises to be a close-fought match and an entertaining one for the neutral.
In terms of the head-to-head record, Sociedad hold the advantage – with three wins out of the last five – but those successes were on home soil and the last time they met in Palma, Mallorca emerged with a 2-0 victory.
And it’s their home form which they will be relying on to steer themselves to a respectable position this time around, much like last season.
The islanders managed 9 home victories in La Liga in 2010/11, going a long way to keeping them afloat in 17th, compared to Sociedad in 15th.
The 11:00 BST kick-off this Sunday promises to be an intriguing one, but it seems more likely that it will be a narrow home success, with Mallorca building on their impressive Iberostar Estadi record in recent years.