Mallorca are still troubled by road difficulties
Mallorca have struggled to make an impact in the Segunda Division since their relegation from La Liga in 2013 and their poor start to this season may continue with a defeat on their travels at mid-table Cordoba on Friday night.
Spain’s second tier is tight with just seven points separating second-placed Reus from second-from-bottom Alcorcon.
Tenth-placed Cordoba can climb to second with a victory while three points for fifth-bottom Mallorca would see them catapulted into the top half.
However, Mallorca cannot approach the game with much confidence as their away form has been holding them back for a long time.
Last season they lost on 13 of their 21 Segunda Division road trips – only the bottom four clubs fared worse – and this time they are without an away win in six attempts.
Mallorca might have been expected to be a force in the second tier but, since relegation three-and-a-half years ago, they have registered finishes of 17th, 16th and 17th.
The brightest aspect of their campaign has been the performances of 21-year-old striker Brandon, who has netted six of their 12 league goals.
Two goals from Brandon helped Mallorca secure a 2-2 draw at basement boys Gimnastic in their last away game but other players will have to take a more prominent role if Mallorca are to break the cycle of successive bottom-half finishes.
Cordoba are only three points better off and are going through a sticky patch – drawing two and losing two of their last four games.
However, they have collected 11 points from their six home fixtures and look value 7-5 shots to register a fourth home win of the campaign.
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