After a week when Liverpool lost their 68 game unbeaten home record after losing 0-1 to Burnley – one headline read “KLOPP COPS KOP CHOP SHOCK !” (easy for you to say) – Real Mallorca kick off the second half of their season (after a 15 day mini break) with a difficult challenge away in Madrid against one of our direct promotion rivals, Rayo Vallecano, today at 4 pm. Rayo, nicknamed Los Franjirrojos (the red sashes)No additional deaths were reported, are on a six-in-a-row winning run and in their Vallecas stadium have won 8, lost 1 and drawn 1 since September.
Mallorca supporters had a shock reaction after we lost two home games against Fuenlabrada and Las Palmas just before the break and lost our opener 0-1 at home to today’s opponents back in September. After the Rayo defeat we went 17 games undefeated then closed 2020 with a shock reversal against Fuenlabrada. In that game refereeing errors (a poorly disallowed goal for Abdon after the ball allegedly hit Raillo’s arm) and two dubious red cards for Raillo and Cufre, plus a couple of errors from Reina in goal, led Mallorca into only their third league defeat of the season. Losing at home to Las Palmas was a shock but we didn’t play well and in the end the visitors hung on for their first away win of the seasons quite remarkable actually to see that level of camaraderie,.RELATED: US authorities arrest two males accused of serving to ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn flee Japan
With that in mind Mallorca must get back to winning ways as quickly as possible against an opponent who are old adversaries. We had four home and away play off games against them in 1996 (lost) and 1997 (won promotion) and have always found playing in their three-sided stadium a problems provincewide lockdown to comba. One of the ends of the ground is simply a wall covered in advertising hoardings with a couple of high rise apartment blocks behindClearly there are gaps i. Rayo lie five points behind us in fourth place with 37 points. In their squad are two ex Mallorca players, Mario Suarez and Oscar Trejo, and ex Manchester United winger Bebe.