Real Madrid will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table on Saturday as they take on RCD Mallorca at the Iberostar Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane’s troops currently lead the standings by two points having remained undefeated so far this season after eight games. Meanwhile, Mallorca have endured a tough start to the new campaign and sit in the relegation zone having only notched seven points from eight games.
Consequently, Los Blancos are by far the favourites to win the game at odds of 4/9 with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, the hosts sit at 5/1, with a draw currently available at a price of 10/3.
One aspect that will particularly worry Vicente Moreno is the hosts’ recent record against Real. Despite having not met in seven years since 2012, Real Madrid had won the last four meetings between the two sides, scoring at an average of four goals per match. Their last meeting ended 4-1 to Los Blancos and that result to be repeated this time around is available to be backed at a price of 19/1 with Betfair.
From that previous clash, Karim Benzema still remains at the Santiago Bernabeu and scored in that game. As a matter of fact, he has scored in three out of his last four matches against Los Bermellones. The Frenchman is the favourite to once again to find the net first with odds of 10/3 with William Hill. Meanwhile, Ante Budimir, who has already notched three goals so far this season for Mallorca can be backed at a price of 7/1 to score the opening goal of the match.
Zidane could have two key players missing for the trip with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric both having picked up respective problems during the international break. The Welshman was struck down with serious cramp, whilst the midfielder picked up a knock on his leg as Croatia and Wales came together. They will be subjected to late fitness tests. Toni Kroos however could return after recovering from a groin injury picked up before the international break and he will line up alongside Thibaut Courtois who has also been cleared to return to action. The likes of Marco Asensio and Nacho remain restricted to the sidelines.
Regarding the hosts, they too have some considerable injury problems. Striker Cucho Hernandez is out with a muscle injury, whilst on-loan Chelsea defender remains out with the knee injury that has kept him out of action since September.