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Real Mallorca and Albacete clash in big promotion play-off

12 June 2019 | Segunda Division | Preview
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Real Mallorca and Albacete clash in big promotion play-off

La Liga is regarded by many as the best football league in the world game. Two teams desperate to be playing in the Spanish top-flight next season are Real Mallorca and Albacete.

The pair clash in the first leg of their promotion semi-final play-off on Thursday night at the Iberostar Estadi. Neither side heads into this one in great form, as Mallorca won just one of their last five games in the Segunda, while Albacete lost three of their final four league outings.

If either had been in better form at the end of the season, they could very well have mounted a proper challenge for automatic promotion. Instead, they finished fifth and fourth place respectively in the Spanish second tier.

Both sides have endured a long absence from the Spanish top-flight. Real Mallorca’s last spell in La Liga was back in 2013. Meanwhile, Albacete have endured a 13-year absence from the Spanish top-flight.

With little between the two sides, this could be a tight clash. Mallorca’s last four league games have produced under 2.5 goals. Forebet predicts that will game will follow suit with the Islanders recording a low-scoring win.

While the home sides recent matches have been relatively low-scoring, the same cannot be said of the visitors, as three of their final matches in the Segunda produced over 2.5 goals.

What makes this an interesting clash is that it pits a strong home team against a decent away side. Mallorca heads into the clash on the back of a 12-game unbeaten run on home soil. Their solid defensive record has played a big part in that good home run, as five clean sheets in seven games illustrate.

Albacete have won four of their last six games on their travels in the Segunda. They also won in Mallorca in the league clash earlier this season.

This game could truly go either way. However, Real Mallorca’s home record may just be enough to give the home side a vital lead to take into Sunday’s second leg.

Home team - Away team Probability in% Forebet Correct score Avg. goals Weather conditions Odds Kelly Criterion Score
1 X 2
Segunda Division | Round 43, Promotion - Play Offs
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Real MallorcaAlbacete Balompie
13/06/2019 21:00 GMT
363429 1 1 - 0 2.10 19° 1.80
FT
2 - 0
(1 - 0)
Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. CA Osasuna 87 42 26 9 7 59 35 24
2. Granada CF 79 42 22 13 7 52 28 24
3. Málaga CF 74 42 21 11 10 51 31 20
4. Albacete Balompie 71 42 19 14 9 54 38 16
5. Real Mallorca 69 42 19 12 11 53 37 16
6. Deportivo La Coruña 68 42 17 17 8 50 32 18
7. Cadiz CF 64 42 16 16 10 53 36 17
8. Real Oviedo 63 42 17 12 13 48 48 0
9. Sporting Gijón 61 42 16 13 13 43 38 5
10. UD Almería 60 42 15 15 12 51 39 12
11. Elche CF 55 42 13 16 13 49 52 -3
12. UD Las Palmas 54 42 12 18 12 48 50 -2
13. Extremadura UD 53 42 14 11 17 43 47 -4
14. Alcorcón 52 42 14 10 18 36 42 -6
15. Real Zaragoza 51 42 13 12 17 49 51 -2
16. CD Tenerife 50 42 11 17 14 40 50 -10
17. CD Numancia 49 42 11 16 15 44 50 -6
18. CD Lugo 47 42 10 17 15 43 51 -8
19. Rayo Majadahonda 45 42 12 9 21 46 61 -15
20. CG Tarragona 36 42 9 9 24 30 63 -33
21. Córdoba CF 34 42 7 13 22 48 79 -31
22. CF Reus Deportiu 0 42 5 6 31 16 48 -32

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