After playing five of their first games of the season on the road, Real Madrid return to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday when they host Mallorca. Los Blancos are about to play three consecutive games at home, so they need to get a win against the Pirates who have been impressive since their return from Segunda Division.
Where and when: Santiago Bernabeu – 22 September, kick-off 21:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs Real Mallorca: La Liga TV
Last time: Vinicius Junior and Sergio Ramos were on target for Real Madrid in the 2-0 victory over Mallorca last time out. The game took place at the Santiago Bernabeu back in July 2020 as Mallorca were relegated at the end of that season.
Real Madrid v Real Mallorca Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid return to Santiago Bernabeu on Wedneday when they host Real Mallorca, as Los Blancos have barely played at home since the start of the season. In fact Carlo Ancelotti’s men have played just one game at home so far – a 5-2 trashing over Celta that saw Karim Benzema net a hat-trick.
Benzema already has five goals in four La Liga games this terms, while he has 3 strikes against Mallorca in his career. The Frenchman is expected to lead the line on Wednesday, although Real Madrid’s schedule is getting quite busy, as Los Blancos faced Valencia only three days after they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win away to Inter Milan in their Champions League opener.
Ancelotti’s men are yet to suffer a defeat this term, as they won three of their first four league games. Their only slip-up came away from home when they drew 3-3 to Levante. Real are undefeated in their last 11 games at Santiago Bernabeu, so Los Blancos will be confident to continue their run against Mallorca.
Toni Kroos, Ferland Mendy, Gareth Bale and Marcelo are all recovering from injuries and are expected to miss the game. Eduardo Camavinga has adapted well since joining from Lille in the summer, as the 18-year-old scored on his debut coming off the bench against Celta, while he also provided a decisive last-minute assist for Rodrygo’s winner against Inter.
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Handicap Real Madrid -1
Real Madrid to win 2-0
Benzema to score first
Mallorca, meanwhile, have enjoyed a solid return in La Liga after spending last season in Segunda Division. Luis Garcia Plaza took over the Pirates after they got relegated in 2019/20 and the 48-year-old managed to improve the side rapidly after gaining promotion.
Garcia’s men held Real Betis to a 1-1 draw in their opener, while they earned consecutive 1-0 victories over Alaves and Espanyon, before losing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao on the road. Mallorca have proven to be a tough nut to crack, but they won only two of their last eight games on the road and they struggled immensely against a superior Athletic side last time.
Mallorca lost four of their last games against Real Madrid, with their last victory dating from 2019 at home. However, the Pirates lost their last five visits at Santiago Bernabeu, so it’s really hard to imagine a different outcome this time out.
Despite their busy schedule, Real Madrid are heavy 1/4 favourites with William Hill to get the three points on Wednesday. The draw would definitely be a great result for Mallroca and is priced at 24/5, while a rare victory for the visitors can be backed at 12/1.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has three goals in his last four appearances against Mallorca. The Frenchman already netted five times in his first four La Liga games, so he will once again be the most dangerous man for Real Madrid. Benzema is expected to lead the line and is 11/4 to break the deadlock on Wednesday.
One to watch for Real Mallorca: Manolo Reina might be 36-year-old, but the veteran is having a stellar campaign between the sticks for Mallorca. Reina kept two consecutive clean sheets against Alaves and Espanyol, so the Spanish goalkeeper must be at his absolute best if his side are about to cause an upset against Real Madrid.
Long shot: Mallorca suffered a 2-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbalo on their last travel, while the Pirates lost their last trip to Santiago Bernabeu with the same result. A 2-0 victory for Real Madrid on Tuesday is available at 5/1, while it raises to 38/1 if you pair this with Karim Benzema to score the opener.