Mallorca take on the visitors Real Sociedad in the first leg of Copa del Rey semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, February 6th at Estadi Mallorca Son Moix (Palma de Mallorca).
Mallorca performs better in the cup than in the league. Los Bermellones are remembered for their achievements during the time of a young Eto'o and Hector Cooper, who hadn't yet earned the reputation of an unsuccessful coach. However, that was at the turn of the century, a quarter of a century ago. The team once reached the third division of the country and was considered a Spanish football elevator. Another ascent to La Liga was on the verge of ending with relegation after the first season at that level, but almost two years ago, in an almost hopeless situation, Agirre took over as the coach. He managed to accumulate enough points to keep his new charges in La Liga. In the 2022/2023 season, they even finished 9th in the final table. After such success, the new season was disappointing for a long time. However, firstly, the team somewhat improved by winter, although it is too early to relax, especially since they couldn't offer any resistance to Atletico. Secondly, in the cup, they even defeated Girona with a numerical disadvantage, reaching the semi-finals.
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Real Sociedad may prioritize the Copa. Txuri-urdinak not long ago, in 2021, under Alguacil, won the cup. Imanol's achievement was not only that; in the previous season, he managed to lift his charges to the 4th position in La Liga. Fortunately, the situation helped: Sevilla, a regular member of the leading quartet, went into a deep crisis. It was replaced by a previously persistent contender who, in return, finally earned the right to play in the Champions League. And by the way, on the international stage, the Spaniards performed well, even winning the group against Inter, not losing in both matches against the Milanese giant – though, ahead, very soon, a clash with the experienced and motivated PSG awaits in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, the representative of San Sebastian retreated from the positions it held in the previous competition. Now not only the traditional trio of giants but also Athletic and Girona look better. As a result, holding onto the 6th place becomes crucial. The match against Girona ended in a 0-0 draw – a result that pleased none of the sides, only their competitors. It's not surprising that there is a desire to compensate for the loss of status with success in the cup. Especially since, after overcoming opponents like Malaga, Osasuna, and Celta (defeating all of them away), Real Sociedad reached the semi-finals. In March of last year, Bermellones managed to at least finish the match in a draw. But in October, Braima Mendes's lone goal brought another victory to Txuri-urdinak. Islanders are even considered underdogs at home, but their opponent is not that impressive either. Let's go with the option of total under 2.0 goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.0 scored goals.