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ONO Estadi 2nd May 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: M Ayza Gamez

Mallorca Real Mallorca vs Rayo Vallecano R Vallecano

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Caparros backing Mallorca to make some late-season noise

Last Updated: 01/05/12 9:00pm

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Caparros: Chasing Europa berth

Caparros: Chasing Europa berth

Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros believes his side can start to put fear into their rivals for the European places if they can win their third Primera Division match on the spin against Rayo Vallecano.

Sky Bet Odds

Real Mallorca - 5/6, Draw - 5/2, Rayo Vallecano - 16/5 Bet now

Despite a largely inconsistent season, Mallorca remain in touching distance of a Europa League berth and three points at home on Wednesday night could vault them into the thick of the action.

Back-to-back wins over Real Zaragoza and Getafe have left Caparros' charges in 10th, just three points shy of sixth place and a Europa League berth with three games remaining.

Caparros concedes it has been a stealthy run on the top six so far, but expects the teams around them to sit up and take notice if the winning trend continues on Wednesday night.

"So far we have tried not to make too much noise," he told the club's official website.

"Quietly, we'll see if tomorrow we can have a good game.

"If we succeed, we will begin to make some noise.

"If we get a positive result, people will believe more can be achieved.

"It is a very important game."

Rayo are on a miserable four-game losing streak that reached its nadir with a 7-0 mauling against Barcelona at the weekend, but Caparros fears they could be all the more dangerous for their humiliation at the hands of Lionel Messi and company.

"It's a team that I know well, their coach will motivate them," he said.

"When they have a very negative result like this, they want to play as soon as possible to change their image, individually and collectively."

Rayo head into the match in 15th place, six points above the drop zone.

Best bet: Real Mallorca to win both halves - 16/5

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22