Real Madrid take on Mallorca in a midweek match at home on Wednesday.
This is Mallorca’s first season back in the Primera Division after finishing second in the Segunda Division last season. They haven’t started their newly-promoted season off too shabby as they sit 10th in the table and tied on points with three other clubs for seventh.
Real Madrid continue their league-leading unbeaten streak with no losses in their last 23 La Liga matches played. Los Blancos have also won four of their five matches to start the new campaign.
Real Madrid still have several injuries to the squad including Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, Ferland Mendy and Marcelo are all out of action on Wednesday.
Mallorca will likely be without the services of Antonio Sanchez, Antonio Raillo, Inigo Ruiz, Franco Russo and Aleksander Sedlar.
There are no suspensions for either side in this midweek match.
Courtois; Vazquez, Militão, Nacho, Alaba; Camavinga, Valverde, Isco; Asensio, Vinicius, Jovic
There’s a good chance that manager Carlo Ancelotti gives some starts to some of the younger talent on the squad and rest several starters such as Karim Benzema and Luka Modric.
It’s difficult to predict who Ancelotti will choose amongst the youngsters and main squad but we should see some variety amongst the lineup this evening.
Reina; Maffeo, Valjent, Sedlar, Olivan; Baba, Battaglia; Mboula, Kubo, Rodriguez, Niño
Real Madrid—Mallorca 1-0
This is a rather sneakily tough matchup for Real Madrid at home. Mallorca’s defense has held up well to start the season as they’ve only allowed three goals against and have held three clean sheets in five of their matches played. Mallorca have also only scored three goals in those five matches.
With Ancelotti and Real Madrid possibly fielding a reserve-heavy lineup and Mallorca’s scoring inabilities, look for this match to be fairly on the low-scoring end.