It's a mid-table battle in the Spanish La Liga on Friday as host Mallorca and Osasuna return from the international break looking to stop their slides. Osasuna (9-7-10) won the first league meeting between the teams this season, taking a 1-0 home victory in January. They have lost their past two matches and are ninth in La Liga's table, two points ahead of 11th-place Mallorca (9-5-12). The hosts have one point from their past four matches but are in strong position to avoid relegation. They finished 16th last season, their second in the top flight since a run from 1997-2013 in La Liga. Osasuna are in their fourth straight season in the first division and finished either 10th or 11th in the first three.
The match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET at Iberostar Stadium in Palma de Mallorca. Caesars Sportsbook lists Mallorca as +120 favorites (risk $100 to win $120) in its latest Mallorca vs. Osasuna odds. Osasuna are +295 underdogs, a draw is priced at +185 and the over/under for total goals scored is 1.5. Before you lock in any Osasuna vs. Mallorca picks or La Liga bets, make sure you see the Spanish La Liga predictions and best bets from SportsLine soccer insider Jon Eimer.
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Now, Eimer has broken down the Mallorca vs. Osasuna matchup from all sides and just locked in his picks and best bets. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Osasuna vs. Mallorca:
- Mallorca vs. Osasuna spread: Mallorca -0.5 (+120)
- Mallorca vs. Osasuna over/under: 1.5 goals
- Mallorca vs. Osasuna money line: Mallorca +120, Osasuna +295, Draw +185
- MAL: They are 2-5-1 in their past eight league matches on Friday
- OSA: They are 1-3-0 in their past four visits to Iberostar Stadium
- Mallorca vs. Osasuna picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back Mallorca
Los Piratas had success against some top teams before their recent struggles. They defeated Barcelona 1-0 in February, which was only the second loss of the season for the league leaders. They beat Villarreal 4-2 two weeks later for their most recent victory. They also have been a stronger team on home soil. Mallorca are 6-3-4 at Iberostar, allowing just 10 goals in the 13 matches.
Mallorca are a frustrating team to face, as they play physical defense, block shots and have a strong goalkeeper. They are fifth in blocked shots (90), and Predrag Rajkovic has eight clean sheets (T-6 in La Liga) and a 75.3 save percentage (seventh). They have allowed the fourth-fewest shots on target in La Liga (83), with just 27% of opponents' attempts finding the target, best in the league. Los Piratas also lead the league in yellow cards (90). Striker Vedat Muriqi has a team-high 10 goals.
Why you should back Osasuna
Los Rojillos have put up a fight all season in away matches, and they lead La Liga with six road draws. They are 7-2-1 in the past 10 meetings with Mallorca, and they should be able to control possession again. Osasuna held the ball for 63% of the January match and average 6% more possession per game than the hosts. Mallorca are last in the league in shots with 233, almost 70 fewer than Osasuna (301). Los Rojillos had a 15-6 advantage in shots in the last meeting.
Aimar Oroz scored the goal in the January match, and the 21-year-old has three in his first season in the top flight. Ezequiel Avila has a team-high seven goals and is one of five players with two assists. Aitor Fernandez has a 74.5 save percentage and six clean sheets in 14 matches, putting him third in La Liga with a 42.9 clean sheet percentage. Osasuna are up 1-0 on aggregate over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey semifinals, so they can compete with anyone.
How to make Mallorca vs. Osasuna picks
Eimer has broken down Friday's Osasuna vs. Mallorca match from every angle. He is taking Over 1.5 on the goal total and has another confident best bet plus his full breakdown of the La Liga matchup. He's only sharing his La Liga picks and analysis at SportsLine.
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