Mallorca – Real Madrid

Real Madrid might be struggling in the Champions League this season, but in La Liga they are doing pretty good so far. Los Blancos are the only unbeaten team since the start of the campaign, being leaders in the standings with 18 points. On Saturday Zinedine Zidane’s team visits the newcomer Mallorca. Here are our La Liga predictions.

Five wins and three draws – this is Real Madrid’s record since the beginning of the season. In their last five games Los Blancos are almost flawless – four wins and one draw. Madrid are two points ahead of the champion Barcelona, so they’d like to stay at top after the 9th round as well.

In their last game Real Madrid hosted Granada and celebrated a 4-2 win at the Santiago Bernabeu. It was a special day, because the summer signing Eden Hazard scored his first goal for the club. Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez also scored for the hosts.

On Tuesday Real Madrid visits Galatasaray in the Champions League, but you can be sure that Los Blancos won’t underrestimate their visit to Palma de Mallorca. This is really important game for them as well.

Real Madrid’s starting number one Thibaut Courtois is having injury problems, so maybe the summer signing Alphonse Areola will start on Saturday.

Just as it was expected, Mallorca are having a difficult start of the season since their promotion from Segunda. RIght now they are in the relegation zone of the league, being 18th with 7 points won. As it looks right now, this season Mallorca will fight for their survival in the league.

Two weeks Mallorca achieved their second win in the league. Vicente Moreno’s boys hosted the struggling Espanyol at the Iberostar Estadi and secured three points after a 2-0 win. The Croatian striker Ante Budimir opened the score for Mallorca, while Salva Sevilla doubled the hosts’ lead.

In our La Liga predictions we consider Real Madrid favourites against Mallorca on Saturday, despite of playing away from the Santiago Bernabeu. It’d be curious to see what kind of team Zinedine Zidane will pick, taking into account the Champions League game against Galatasaray few days later.