Villareal vs Mallorca: Time for Alcacer to Shine
The former Barcelona and Dortmund forward, Paco Alcacer who just signed up for Villareal during the winter transfer window, has not been at his best form yet. He has only managed to score two goals and provided one assist so far. This midweek fixture should a good chance for 26-year old Spanish international to shine again and return to put his name on the scoresheet as his team only faces Mallorca, which is still stuck in the relegation zone.
The Yellow Submarines began their campaign after the restart with a narrow win over Celta Vigo on the road. They were dominant and knocking on Celta’s defence doors throughout the match. Yet, Celta’s goalie, Ruben Blanco, made some clinical saves before finally conceding at the last minute. It was Manu Trigueros who found the back of the net after taking advantage of the rumble in the Celta’s penalty box.
Real Mallorca, on the other hand, had to suffered a big loss while hosting Barcelona. They were hammered 0-4 by goals from Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and last but not least, the Messiah, Lionel Messi himself. It was an inevitable defeat for the home side.
Missing players and probable lineups
Javier Calleja is mainly in favour of 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation. The new signings, the former Valencia man before moving to big clubs, Paco Alcacer is expected to be the targetman supported by Gerrard Moreno, Moi Gomez and Santi Cazorla. On the injury table, there are at least two names will be sidelined, the Argentinean defender, Ramiro Funes Mori and Bruno Soriano.
Villareal: Sergio Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno ; Santi Cazorla, Manu Trigueros, Zambo Anguissa; Moi Gomez, Paco Alcacer, Gerardo Moreno
Vicente Moreno should consider employing 5-3-2 again just like what he did against Eibar which resulted a victory before the break. Take Kubo and Ante Budimir will be the key men on their attacking lines. Unfortunately, some players such as Leandro Koutris, Ahmed Baba and Dani Rodriguez will miss the match due to injury and suspension for the last one.
Mallorca: Manolo Reina; Alejandro Pozo, Martin Valjent, Antonio Raillo, Fran Gamez; Salva Sevilla, Lumor Agbenyenu, Idrissa Baba; Take Kubo, Ante Budimir.
Both teams seem to share the even results in the head-to-head encounters. In the last five meetings, both won twice and had one draw. This could be a sign that Santi Cazorla and Co should never underestimate their opponent.
The host might still be the favorite to pick up three points. They have better and more experienced attacking lines than Mallorca’s side. However, they still need to be careful with the threat of the Japanese wonder, Take Kubo, who has been regarded as ‘The Asian Messi’.
Where to watch
International TV channels:
FuboTV, BeIN Sports Connect (USA), DAZN (Austria, Germany, Italy), Eleven Sports 4 (Polandia), C More Play (Sweden), BeIN Sports Connect(France), Digi GO (Slovakia, Czech Rep), Movistar+ (Spain)
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