Real Mallorca 0-1 Elche – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Elche was a shock but not undeserved winner @ 5.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. As outlined in this section of the betting preview, it was evident that Mallorca much prefer playing as the underdogs where they will always have more spaces to attack. In short, they proved they are a side that do not want too much possession of the ball, and hate pressure on them to break the opponent down. Elche +0.75 won @ 1.91.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line was set at 2 and never really in threat of going Over, with the goal coming late. Under is @ 1.85.
Elche carried out their game plan perfectly to create a shock win against a Mallorca side with a brilliant recent home record before the match began.
The rock bottom visitor kept their season vaguely alive by grabbing a late but not undeserved 0-1 victory.
Elche put in a solid defensive display and thanks to a late push for three vital points, they had the best chances of the otherwise dire contest. In of one of those, they stole the points from a corner.
The home side struggled to break down Elche and also were unable to cope with the necessity of playing as a strong jolly. In short, they lacked the ideas of how to break down a team which they were expected to defeat easily.
That said, the islanders did have a last kick goal ruled out for a soft foul early in the build-up. Fair score 0-1 and 1-1.
This was Elche’s their first away league win of the season, and it came from an excellent half volleyed Lucas Boyé strike on 88 minutes.
Bottom-placed Elche travelled to Mallorca trying to win and keep the season competitive.
It seemed impossible considering that Javier Aguirre’s side that had won each of their last five home league games, including victories over Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Villarreal.
The hosts unsurprisingly started the better but barring a scuffed effort from Dani Rodríguez, they worked little clear.
The first half was limited to long-range chances, in particular, efforts from Gerard Gumbau and Lee Kang-in forced both goalkeepers into good saves.
The visitors looked more threatening in the second half and came close to scoring only their 18th goal of the campaign, when Lucas Boyé put his effort from a corner inches wide of the post.
Mallorca gradually improved and almost took the lead themselves when Vedat Muriqi was denied by a superb Edgar Badia save.
The game opened up the longer it went on, with both producing chances worthy of winning the game.
Mallorca had Rajković to thank for keeping them level, the best save coming on 80 minutes when he denied Ponce in a one-on-one.
Rajković could do nothing about the winner when Boyé scored his second goal in three games however.
Muriqi thought he had scored a last-second equaliser in the 96th minute, however, VAR intervened, and the ref disallowed the goal for a light hands to face in the build-up.