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Prediction: Real Madrid vs Mallorca

Tom Dunstan in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 21 Sep 2021

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Verdict: Real Madrid win & under four goals

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to extend on what has been a recent purple patch, Real Madrid will welcome Mallorca to the Bernabéu on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid

Starting with the hosts, while Real Madrid might have found themselves in the midst of a transition over the summer, Los Blancos have opened the 2021/22 campaign with a real flurry. With many believing that the now-former Spanish champions are leading the chase to dethrone their crosstown rivals, returning boss Carlo Ancelotti has been filled with praise for his side’s recent displays. Managing to land a last-gasp 1-0 win away at Inter Milan last week when opening their Champions League campaign, the Whites built off that performance over the weekend. Making the trip to Valencia on Sunday, the one-time Napoli boss saw his side once again show their resolve as they snatched a pair of late goals on the road. Eventually heading back to the capital with a 2-1 win to show for their troubles, Real Madrid have now won each of their last four matchups across all formats. With it looking like their 3-3 draw away at Levante last month was just a minor blip, Ancelotti’s men should be looking to lay down another marker.

Team News

With full-back Ferland Mendy still unlikely to make his return from injury in midweek, Real Madrid will once again be without the likes of Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and Marcelo.

Managing to find his goalscoring touch, Karim Benzema will lead Los Blancos’ charge on Wednesday night.

Mallorca

As for the visitors, while Mallorca might have been second-best when they welcomed Villarreal to the Visit Mallorca Estadi on Sunday, the La Liga returners did manage to snatch a rugged point. Eventually playing out a 0-0 stalemate on home soil, Luis García Plaza’s side have gained some plaudits since opening the 2021/22 campaign. With a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Athletic Bilbao when returning from the international break their only defeat from the first five top-flight matchups, the one-time Getafe boss will now be desperate for his side to find a clinical edge in the final third. Once again drawing a blank over the weekend and only mustering a single shot on target, Los Bermellones have failed to score more than a single goal in any of their opening five La Liga showdowns. Knowing they face an overwhelming test on paper in midweek, Plaza’s side also hold a worrying record against Los Blancos. Including a 2-0 defeat last year, Mallorca have lost six of their last meetings against Madrid.

Team News

Mallorca are still sweating over the fitness of Antonio Raillo, Franco Russo and Aleksander Sedlar as they head to Madrid on Wednesday night.

Likewise, central midfielder Antonio Sanchez has already been ruled out in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off, Real Madrid picked up a 2-0 victory.
    • In fact, Los Blancos have won six of their last seven meetings against Wednesday’s guests.
    • Likewise, Madrid have won all five of their previous home fixtures against Los Bermellones by an aggregate score of 14-3.
    • Mallorca have failed to score more than a single goal in any of their opening five La Liga contests.
    • Real Madrid have won each of their last four matchups across all formats.

    Conclusion

    Managing to mount a stellar comeback on their travels over the weekend, Real Madrid should be smelling a golden chance here. Eventually landing a 2-1 win away at Valencia and now winning each of their last four matchups on the spin, Los Blancos have their sights set on recapturing their La Liga crown. Opening their Champions League adventure with a 1-0 win away at inter Milan last week, Mallorca will know they face a stern test in the capital. Struggling to find a clinical edge in the final third, Wednesday’s guests also hold a hugely worrying record against Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Suffering a 2-0 defeat when the two sides faced off last year, we’re backing a similar outcome for the Spanish heavyweights in midweek.

    Verdict: Real Madrid win & under four goals

    Best Odds: 1/1

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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