Action from last weekend's match between Mallorca and Zaragoza.

05-11-2016Miquel A. Borras

Real Mallorca make the trip to southern Spain to play the Andalusian side Cordoba tomorrow evening at the Estadio El Arcángel. After a good start to the season, Corboba (coached by ex-Mallorca boss Jose Luis Oltra) have slipped down the table to ninth place on 18 points, three points ahead of us. They've gone six games without a win and have a problem trying to find defenders as they're hit with a long injury list.

The Spanish second division, apart from leaders Levante who are ten points clear at the top, sees only six points separating the second-placed clubs and the relegation bottom four. If only Mallorca can string a couple of back-to-back wins together then we could be back amongst the promotion sides. As I said last week we've never been in the top six since our relegation four years ago. A rise up the table would certainly appease the Son Moix faithful who are getting desperately frustrated by our inconsistent form.

Friday's game sees Mallorca with a full-strength side apart from full-back Eduard Campabadal. The ex-Wigan Athletic and Cordoba player has torn a thigh muscle and will be out of action till the new year.

Once again we wait to see if coach Vazquez will choose a defensive, not-to-lose formation or have a go and pick two attackers. Over the last couple of games Swiss/Portuguese winger Thierry Moutinho has laid on two goals from crosses so he has to start as a supplier of ammunition. Dejan Lekic showed us last week that he can score goals, so should be given another chance.

Cordoba's coach, like Vazquez, is in the eye of a hurricane and needs a result. Vazquez was given pelters by the fans last week after some strange substitutions but seems once again to be holding on to his job. Both players and senior management are calling for patience but that's one thing Mallorcan fans have in very short supply.

Looking at the top eight places, one of the teams, Sevilla Atletic, are the B team of Sevilla, and can't be promoted, and another four teams - Reus, Girona, Lugo and Huesca - are all clubs on tight budgets, with players supposedly not on the same level as Real Mallorca. It's this situation that's infuriating local fans, we should be good enough to compete in the higher echelons of La Segunda, but we're not.

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