Mallorca – Malaga: Troubled islanders looking for improvement against ambitious Andalusians

La Liga Week 4
Saturday September 17, 2011 (17.00 UK)

Iberostar Stadium, Palma

Mallorca go into this weekend’s game amidst rumours of Michael Laudrup’s imminent departure. The Coach is thought to be on his way out of the club after his relationship with the club’s board of Directors appears to have broken down; Joaquin Caparros is the current favourite to succeed him.

The off field turmoil will not help matters on the pitch as the islanders welcome big-spending Malaga on Saturday. Their performances so far have been far from convincing and their only goal of this season so far came from the now-departed Jonathan de Guzman.

Malaga’s newly assembled team seems to be gelling well and the win against Granada showed just how versatile they have become in the offensive department compared to last season. The midfield combination of Diego Buonanotte, Santi Cazorla and Joaquin has provided Manuel Pelligrini’s men with a level of creativity that was previously lacking.

Mallorca (4-2-3-1): Aouate; Zuiverloon, Chico, Ramis Caceres; Victor, Pina; Alfaro, Tejera, Nsue; Tomer Hemed
League form: Last five home D-W-D-L-W

Malaga (4-3-3): Willy; Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu; Toulalan, Duda; Cazorla, Joaquin, Buonanotte; Van Nistelrooy
League form: Last five away L-W-W-D-L

Did you know… Mallorca scored the joint-fewest goals in the opening 15 mins of La Liga matches in 2010-11 [via @optajose]

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