Will Osasuna keep pace with the European places, seeking to qualify for UEFA competition for the first time since being UEFA Cup semi-finalists in 2007?
On Monday night, Jagoba Arrasate’s team earned a credible goalless draw against Basque rivals Athletic Club at San Mamés.
Before this, los Rojillos had lost back-to-back games, either side of the World Cup, despite taking ten points from four matches immediately prior to that.
All of this means Osasuna start the weekend eighth, knowing a victory would see them leapfrog Athletic Club, ahead of Saturday night’s Basque derby.
RCD Mallorca meanwhile are simply seeking to steer clear of a relegation scrap.
Despite being all the way up in tenth, los Bermellones are just five points clear of danger, looking to, at least, maintain that gap.
Javier Aguirre’s team enjoyed a dramatic victory over Real Valladolid last weekend, with Abdón Prats snatching all three points in the 94th minute.
Mallorca have now won four of their last six, only losing to Getafe since 19 October.
Nevertheless, Osasuna come into this clash at El Sadar as favourites.