Real Mallorca 4-2 Villarreal – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 betting market first. Villarreal was the favourite for this game but as stated in the preview, they were not worthy of the @ 2.55 price. Real Mallorca won @ 3.45.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for the match. Mallorca had plenty of reasons to attract punters to back them with a +0.25 start @ 1.80, and that won easily in the end. In the preview we underlined the importance of Gerard Moreno’s probable absence, he didn’t pass fit and Villarreal duly lost.
Looking at The Under/Over betting last of all, the six goals scored for me is far more of a shock than Mallorca getting the win, which was tipped up at a big price in the preview. Over 2 won easily @ 2.04, but this owed something to defensive mistakes early and Villarreal taking risks playing over 65 minutes with a man less.
In part thanks to an early red card, home side Mallorca were able to ease to another home win against ten men Villarreal.
Villarreal put up a resilient showing at San Moix but ultimately plunged 4-2 to Real Mallorca side. The visitor stayed focused and to their credit, never became complacent despite playing ten men from around the 25th minute.
Following goal braces by a lively Vedat Muriqi and Daniel Rodríguez, Mallorca all but secured survival for the season and pushed the club a step closer to the European qualification zone with this win.
Despite the early dominance of the ball, Villarreal came crashing down soon enough, conceding a goal and a red card in the most spectacular fashion in the space of two minutes.
Capitalising on a mistake, the ever busy Muriqi set Tino Kadewere up for a sitter on 20 minutes, before raised hand by a frustrated Manu Trigueros saw the visitor reduced to ten men seconds after the restart.
Mallorca knew the contest was in their favour, but Setién’s men dug deep and had other plans.
Just as Mallorca’s opener arrived on the back of a mistake, so did Villarreal’s first goal. an over hit back pass saw a poor touch by the last man leave José Luis Morales clean through and the ex-Levante man finished nicely for 1-1.
The home side regained the lead with a sensational header by Rodriguez just before the break.
Villarreal levelled terms once again following Samuel Chukwueze’s brilliant chip past a helpless Predrag Rajković for 2-2.
The visitors tried to then become defensive and resist Mallorca’s advances, but the stand didn’t last long as another Rodriguez header made it 3-2.
The goals continued, with Muriqi registering his brace shortly after from a sniping effort after Antonio Raíllo set him up for the 4th goal.
Villarreal never gave up but never got back into it competitively, the two-goal gap was a bit too much for their asking. Fair score 3-2.