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Spanish Primera BBVA

ONO Estadi (ATT 14,500) 19th February 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: A Alvarez Izquierdo

Mallorca Real Mallorca vs Villarreal Villarreal

Mallorca 4

Victor (41, 64)
J Marti (52)
J Nunes (67)

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Mallorca v Villarreal preview

Villarreal head into Real Mallorca clash in fine form.

Last Updated: 18/02/12 1:52pm

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Villarreal: Heading to Mallorca in fine form

Villarreal: Heading to Mallorca in fine form

Mallorca defender Jose Nunes wants his side to concentrate on beating Villarreal rather than any bad blood between the clubs.

Villarreal took the Islanders' place in the Europa League last season after Mallorca failed to meet the UEFA licencing criteria due to their financial problems and the row between the clubs has rumbled on ever since.

Sky Bet Odds

Real Mallorca - 13/10, Draw - 9/4, Villarreal - 21/10 Bet now

However Nunes told the club's website: "It is important for the fans but for us the three points at stake matter more. We are fighting for the same thing, the difference between the teams is very small and we want the points to remain here."

The Portuguese is also expecting a Villarreal side full of confidence after taking 10 points from the last possible 12.

"Their results and performances have improved and they will come with more confidence," he said.

"They were down in a position they weren't accustomed to but in the last few games they have moved clear of the relegation zone. Villarreal have a lot of quality with players that everyone knows. It will be a very difficult game but we know what to expect."

Ivan Ramis, Victor Casadesus and Jose Luis Marti all return from suspension for the hosts, but Pau Cendros remains out and Chico serves his one-match ban.

Villarreal boss Jose Molina has declared his satisfaction with their recent run, but has stressed the need to continue with what has brought them that success and dismissed suggestions that they can still compete for a place in Europe.

He told the club's website: "In the situation we are in all the games are important and even more so at this stage of the season. It is important to continue in the same manner because we have come out the relegation zone and we don't want to go back there.

"I like the fact that there is an ambition to get into Europe, above all from the fans, but we always start with humility.

"If we lose this it would be dangerous for us all. There isn't a big points difference between the teams, but we know every game is difficult. We are conscious of the fact that to get into Europe we would have to have an almost perfect end to the season as we lost many points in the first-half of the campaign."

Molina will be able to recall Bruno and Gonzalo after both missed last weekend's 3-1 win over Granada through suspension, whilst Nilmar and Marco Ruben should continue their partnership in attack.

Best Bet: Both teams to score - Yes - 5/6

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Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18

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