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Sevilla v Real Mallorca: Evenly-matched La Liga sides set for draw

| 22.10.2012

Sevilla host Real Mallorca at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán with both sides looking to get their seasons back on track after back-to-back defeats.

The two teams occupy sixth and seventh place in La Liga and look hard to separate, therefore odds of 11/4 for the draw should be taken.

Home side Sevilla suffered a 3-2 loss to leaders Barcelona before a 2-0 defeat to mid-table Celta Vigo continued their recent rot, after having gone five games unbeaten.

For the visitors, a nearly identical run of three wins from five without loss was followed by a 1-0 buckling to Getafe and a 2-1 beating at home to Grenada.

Therefore these remarkably similar Spanish clubs meet in Sevile with a draw looking like the most likely outcome.

Mallorca have only failed to score on occasion from seven fixtures this season, whilst Sevilla have fired two goalscoring blanks.

Both teams should be relied upon to find the net at 10/11, and odds of 7/2 for a score draw looks worth backing too.

Recent history between the two clubs doesn’t do much to help pick a winner, with two draws coming from their last three clashes.

Sevilla won this fixture 3-1 last season, but Mallorca have a decent record at the Andalusian club, winning the 2010/11 meeting by a 2-1 scoreline.

In fact, Mallorca have won three of their last six trips to Seville, and will hold no fear when they make the trip to face Míchel’s side.

If you fancy a winner, Sevilla are priced at 8/13 to win whilst Mallorca are out at 9/2 to achieve another victory on their travels to Los Nervionenses.

In the 2005/06 campaign both encounters between the two clubs ended 1-1, and a repeat scoreline this time around is a tempting 13/2.

In the player markets Spanish international striker Álvaro Negredo is the 3/1 favourite to open the scoring, having struck four times from seven games so far this season.

Winger Jesús Navas is often a threat for Sevilla, and his odds to score at anytime are 11/5, and ex-Arsenal winger José Antonio Reyes can be backed at the same price.

For the away side, Mallorca’s Tomer Hemed is the fifth highest goalscorer in La Liga with five goals, and looks a good 8/1 bet to open the scoring.

The Israeli also scored a hat-trick and a brace in two appearances for his national side during the international break, adding value to his 5/2 odds to score at anytime.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Jamie Dickenson