Preview: Real Madrid vs. Mallorca - La Liga

Real Madrid vs. Mallorca Preview – Prediction, Team news, Lineups

Real Madrid hosts Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu for a La Liga clash as both teams aim for a positive start in 2024. Los Blancos are currently tied at the top of the table with Girona, while Mallorca stands in 14th place.

Match Preview

Real Madrid, despite dealing with several injuries, has shown title-winning form, securing 14 wins, 3 draws, and only 1 loss in 18 league games.

Their impressive league performance and unbeaten run of 17 matches across competitions have extended manager Carlo Ancelotti’s contract till 2026.

Their recent win against Alaves showcased resilience with a late goal from Lucas Vazquez despite playing with 10 men after Nacho’s red card. Real Madrid leads the league with nine clean sheets, displaying a strong defensive record.

Mallorca concluded 2023 with a six-game unbeaten streak, securing three wins and three draws across competitions.

Their victories against Sevilla and Osasuna marked their resurgence, placing them five points above the relegation zone.

However, Mallorca faces a challenging task against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, having lost their last seven away matches against them. Their memorable 1-0 win over Real Madrid in February may be tough to replicate.

Team News

Real Madrid remains without key players such as Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Ferland Mendy due to injuries. Eduardo Camavinga might return, but Vinicius Junior might start from the bench.

Nacho’s suspension leaves a void in the defense, likely filled by Aurelien Tchouameni alongside Antonio Rudiger. Arda Guler might feature on the bench for a potential debut.

Mallorca misses Martin Valjent and Vedat Muriqi due to injuries. Jaume Costa serves a suspension, possibly replaced by Toni Lato. Omar Mascarell could return to bolster the midfield.

Predicted Lineups

Real Madrid: (4-3-1-2)

Lunin;

Carvajal, Rudiger, Tchouameni, Garcia;

Kroos, Valverde, Modric,

Bellingham;

Diaz, Rodrygo

Mallorca: (3-4-2-1)

Rajkovic;

Gonzalez, Nastasic, Raillo;

Maffeo, S. Costa, Mascarell, Lato;

Sanchez, Rodriguez;

Larin

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-1 Mallorca

While Mallorca has shown resilience recently, Real Madrid’s strength at home and quality across the pitch make them favorites. Real Madrid is expected to secure a comfortable victory in their first match of 2024 at the Bernabeu.

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