Real Madrid return to LaLiga action on Saturday against RCD Mallorca. Real are making the road trip to the Estadi de Son Moix to defend their unbeaten league record and first place in the league table.
Mallorca are newly-promoted from the Segunda División this season. This is their first season in LaLiga since the 2012/13 season. They are currently 18th in the league, holding a relegation spot by only a point for now. Needless to say, much has changed in both of these club squads since then.
Real Madrid have loaned Takefusa Kubo to Mallorca for the season. Since Real eliminated the fear clause from loanee contracts this season, Kubo is eligible to play against his parent club. He did not start against Espanyol in Mallorca’s last match. It’ll be interesting to see how and if he features.
Real are also dealing with some hefty injuries from the international break, so it’ll be a bit thin in their traveling squad on Saturday. With Mallorca coming off a win, they available talent will have to play their best.
Real Madrid have an extensive injury list which features Bale, Kroos, Vazquez, and Modric, who all picked up injury over the break. Nacho is still out until around December and Asensio remains out long-term. According to MARCA, Carvajal will also be left out of the squad likely due to rest after international duty. Courtois, Mendy, and Marcelo were back in training this week and should all be available.
Mallorca will be without forward Cucho Hernandez and fullback Baba Rahman.
There are no suspensions for either club on Saturday.
Reina; Sastre, Valjent, Raillo, Gámez; Idrissa Baba, Sevilla; Rodriguez, Febas, Lago; Budimir
Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos; Marcelo; Isco, Casemiro, Valverde; James, Hazard, Benzema
Mallorca—Real Madrid 1-3
Real Madrid and Zidane still have a good squad available for Saturday’s match that should be enough to get all three points away. Mallorca are a team that Real should be able to beat, they only have two wins on the season and are in the relegation zone currently.
That being said it’s important Real regain focus after a long break and put forth their best, especially on the road. They are the only club still unbeaten in the league, so there is some pressure here to maintain that form with several key players out. Mallorca aren’t going to roll over, this is a club that is coming off a win over Espanyol and want to keep things rolling.
It’s great to get the league back underway after another lengthy break. Hopefully, Real don’t miss a beat in Palma and can bring away the needed points to stay top of the league past another weekend.