Mallorca out to make history

A look ahead to the weekend's action in Spain's Primera Liga, as Mallorca look to secure top-flight safety.

Last Updated: 23/05/13 at 16:17 Post Comment

Antonio Luna: Confident Mallorca can survive

Antonio Luna: Confident Mallorca can survive

Defender Antonio Luna is confident struggling Mallorca can string together three successive Primera Division victories for the first time this season and secure their top flight safety.

Mallorca currently sit second bottom of the overall standings, three points from safety with only two games remaining, and are preparing themselves to play Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

However, the lower part of the table is very congested and five teams - Celta Vigo, Real Zaragoza, Deportivo La Coruna, Osasuna and Granada - can still be relegated, along with Mallorca, come the final day of the season.

Luna, who is on loan at Mallorca from Sevilla, believes Monday's 1-0 win over Real Betis gave them the confidence needed to claim wins against Atletico and Real Valladolid and secure safety.

He told his club's official website: "I think the team needed it (the win against Betis), because it is true that in recent games, especially in Bilbao where the team made a great effort against a tough opponent with a man down, (we did not get anything).

"I think the win against Betis has given us quite a lot of strength.

"We cling to our own hope and desire and that of our people, the fans of RCD Mallorca - it is true that we have never done it (got nine points from three successive games), but hey, all spells can be broken."

Rock bottom Celta Vigo are four points adrift of safety and travel to Real Valladolid to play a must-win match.

Valladolid have moved clear of the battle for survival in 13th place but Celta have everything to play for as only a win would keep their hopes of staying in the Primera Division alive.

Celta winger Augusto Fernandez knows his side are in the last-chance saloon.

"We need to seize this last chance. We would be making a grave error if we win at Espanyol on the last day of the season, without having done so previously in Valladolid," Fernandez told Marca.

"Therefore, our attention must be only on the game this weekend. Nothing else."

Fellow strugglers Zaragoza must bounce back from their demoralising 2-1 defeat at home to Athletic Bilbao, where Ibai Gomez's stoppage-time winner saw them miss out on a valuable point.

They face Betis in their penultimate game and Zaragoza right-back Jose Fernandez knows there is now little room for error.

"We have to recover," he told Marca.

"The match against Betis is key and you have to earn it and not think of anything else.

"I understand that the fans are angry because things are not working out."

Elsewhere, Osasuna will look to move closer to safety with a win over Sevilla while Barcelona travel to Espanyol and Real Sociedad look to keep their hopes of playing in next season's Champions League alive as they go in search of a win over Real Madrid.

Valencia, who are level on points with Sociedad but fifth on goal difference, will hope they fail to claim anything from Jose Mourinho's side while they aim to beat Granada, while in the other game, Getafe face Rayo Vallecano.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company