Mallorca-Espanyol arbitration is vermilion for a win

Luis García Plaza's men have nine more expulsions in favor and 251 more minutes in superiority than the parrots, being the 4th and 22nd in fouls committed.


One of the great matches of the season in the Second Division, Mallorca-Espanyol, is played on Sunday between the leader and the second-placed, both recently relegated and who have exchanged their positions throughout these 24 days. But another battle is also being waged, that of susceptibilities, which has disciplinary decisions in the spotlight. That other classification, the arbitration, only has one color, vermilion, which precisely resembles the red that makes Luis García Plaza's leading leaders in this regard.

And that, a priori, the data would not invite us to think about that clear advantage. Mallorca is the fourth team with the most fouls in the Second Division, 391, while Espanyol is twenty-second and bottom in that table, with only 297 infractions. As for fouls received, the balance is almost identical, 314 and 318, respectively. But this does not translate into the chapters that can most influence when deciding a result for extra-sports arguments.

The first thing that differentiates them is the penalties, which is +5 for the insular (six in favor, one against) and a discrete +1 for the parrots (four executed, three penalized). But that's just the tip of the iceberg. The gulf between Mallorca and Espanyol lies in the expulsions.

Up to ten of the vermilion opponents have been removed from their matches prematurely, starting curiously with Marc Roca's on matchday two and ending with Nicolás Gorosito's last weekend at Carlos Belmonte, so rigorous that the Albacete is going to the end, Appeal, to have it withdrawn. On the contrary, García Plaza's men have only suffered three expulsions against them (two of them, in the same game). Between additions (239 'in favor) and subtractions (74' against), 165 minutes have passed in superiority.

And Espanyol? Although he had suffered expulsions in his meat from the aforementioned Roca, and following Miguelón Llambrich in Leganés and Lluís López in Las Palmas, both to a certain extent rigorous, in favor he had not experienced any until last Monday in the Anxo Carro, against Lugo, when Marcelo Djaló saw his second yellow card in the 83rd minute of the game. Thus, his balance is negative: 93 minutes with one less and only seven with numerical superiority. That is, a -86'.

In summary, this other Mallorca-Espanyol referee ends with 251 more minutes playing against ten in the case of the vermilion, the fourth team that commits the most fouls in Second, compared to a Espanyol that, with all these data on the table, arrives suspicious of Son Moix, hoping that the discipline match will not influence the sporting result.

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