Both Sevilla and Mallorca have lost their last two games following the bright start to the season, so this will feel like a perfect opportunity to return to the right track.
After exploding onto the big stage midway through the last decade, Sevilla have suffered a major downtrend in fortunes and they have been struggling to fulfill their potential over the last few years.
It is for that reason that their fans were delighted to see los Rojiblancos pick up 11 points from their first 5 La Liga fixtures this term, especially as the great run also included a home victory over mighty Real Madrid.
Michel’s side ended the impressive run as they were beaten at home by Barcelona, but the mere fact the Catalans needed a smile from the Lady Luck and a big help from the referees is a testament to Sevilla’s improvement.
The unfortunate defeat to Barcelona left a negative effect on the players as los Rojiblancos lost to Celta in the very next game, but the team are expected to return to the right track following the international break.
With that in mind, odds of 1.67 (2/3) offered by Ladbrokes on home win do look tempting.
Young midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is doubtful with a thigh problem, while Piotr Trochowski and Gary Medel are out through injury and suspension respectively.
Alberto Botia is banned after picking up his fifth yellow card, but Ivan Rakitic returns from suspension.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Palop – Cicinho, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro – Campana, Maduro – Navas, Rakitic, Perotti – Negredo.
Unlike Sevilla, Mallorca have been on the major uptrend over the last few years, with the team finishing the last league campaign just three points behind European places.
The squad have since undergone quite a few changes, but that did not stop the Islanders from enjoying a great start to the season, pretty much the same like that of their next opponents.
Mallorca have recorded back to back defeats to Getafe and Granada after taking 11 points from first 5 games, and it remain to be seen if they can end the poor run at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The visitors will have Ximo back from suspension, while former Barcelona players Andreu Fontas and Giovani dos Santos could be handed their debuts.
Mallorca boss Joaquin Caparos will be heavily relying in striker Tomer Hemed, who has bagged 5 goals in 7 league games.
Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Aouate – Ximo, Geromel, Anderson, Bigas – Alfaro, Pina, Marti, Pereira – Victor, Hemed.