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Jonathan Cordingley 19th Apr 2010 - 9:30

Monday night La Liga preview

Mallorca v Osasuna-20:00

The Barralets face a team that consider there selves safe from relegation when Osasuna visit the island for this Monday night La Liga fixture. Anything other than a Mallorca win would be a massive surprise.

Sure, Osasuna (11/2) could do with an extra few points between now and the end of the season but mild comfort can be found in the fact that many of the teams beneath them drew on Sunday afternoon; I expect Los Rojillos to travel to Mallorca with a less than determined mindset.

Nice to see Walter Pandiani (7/4 anytime scorer or 11/1 to net two or more) back amongst the goals with a brace in Osasuna's 2-2 draw with Malaga in the midweek fixtures. If anyone is to score for the Pamplonans, I sincerely hope it's him.

The bad news for Osasuna is that they allowed Malaga to peg them back after the Uruguayans double, with one of the goals resulting from the Osasuna keeper dropping the ball. If they go a goal down tonight's visitors usually lose without reply on the road (only Mallorca to score is 11/8 in the teams to score market). You could therefore argue that If Walter is to score, it has to be first (13/2).

Mallorca (6/10) have won thirteen and lost only two of their fifteen home games so far; the games they lost were to Sevilla and Barcelona. It would take a brave punter to go against that with a Mallorca win lifting Gregorio Manzano's team above Sevilla and crucially, back into fourth position.

There are no standout picks when considering potential Mallorca goalscorers, but striker Aduriz (4/1 to score first, 11/10 anytime) is half decent and had a goal ruled out in the islanders 1-1 draw away to Zaragoza midweek. The bad news is that he has not scored in his last five games!

Defender Ruben (25/1 to score first, 7/1 anytime) did score in his last game, but must be considered a massive longshot to do so again today. His chances probably depend on how many set pieces Mallorca get.

With no value in backing Mallorca (6/10) in the 90 minute market, I'm prepared to take a chance that they can win by two goals and bet on Mallorca -1 goal (8/5).

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