Valladolid are in fine form and have stunned everyone by taking nine points in recent weeks against La Liga’s big four, Sevilla, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Villarreal,
Although Valladolid are sitting six places above Mallorca, coach Jose Luis Mendilibar has been trying to make sure his side stay focused.
“It scares me that there might be a belief in the changing room, in the press and among the fans that we have already done the hard work,” he said.
“I don’t want people to think we are safe because we will be in a fight until the end of the season.”
“We have to be aware that against teams of our level we need to do the same as we have already been doing, and against Mallorca it is going be very hard.”
Mendilibar has made one change to the squad that beat second placed Villarreal 3-0 last weekend with forward Bartholomew Ogbeche replacing the rested Borja Fernandez.
Real Mallorca, who are coached by former Valladolid boss Gregorio Manzano, have not won a league game since the end of October and last weekend’s draw at home to Malaga saw the islanders drop to within three places of the relegation zone.
Manzano feels his side have not been getting the results they deserve though, saying: “We haven’t had much luck in the last few games, so it is about time some came our way.”
“At this stage of the season we are worse placed than Valladolid, but we will see how things are in week 30,” he added.
“We would like to be much higher in the table but this is how things have gone and we need to go into this game with maximum intensity.”
“We have to protect our goalkeeper more and I’ve spoken with the players about trying to limit the mistakes we make in games.”
“There are always going to be mistakes but we are on a run where any mistake seems to be causing us problems.”
First-choice keeper Miguel Angel Moya remains sidelined for Mallorca and will miss the trip to the Estadio Jose Zorrilla.