ESPANOL - MALLORCA
Visitors have scored ten goals in their last two starts and Espanol are without their keeper and top scorer, so of course I am taking a little on the hosts !
Espanol do have other options up front and have Alberto Riera returning to midfield and that is a big boost. After a recent slump, they beat Valencia and were close to taking points off Real in Madrid last week. They still harbour Champions Laegue ambitions and would have a real chance of that dream, with a win today, especially with an easy ( on paper) run of fixtures ahead, with Murcia, Racing, Bilbao and Osasuna up next.
Mallorca , obviously pose a real goal threat, but do struggle to win games, with 5 draws from 6 starts. they are clearly an upper midtable side and this is the type of fixture the home side have to win, if they are to compete for a top 4 place.
5 points Espanol -1/4 ball 2.03 asian line.