Who would have thought that Real Madrid didn’t need Kylian Mbappe? Well, at least it seems that way after an impressive La Liga start. The team is doing just fine with Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Eden Hazard. There’s no doubt that manager Carlo Ancelotti has done a great job restoring the roster’s confidence.
Their next test will be Wednesday afternoon at home against Mallorca, which could climb to the top four with a victory. Madrid deserves to be the favorite, but the visitors have a couple young talents who could pose real trouble.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and soccer lines for Real Madrid vs Mallorca. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider!
Game: Real Madrid vs Mallorca
Location: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Time: Wednesday, 4 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
La Liga Betting Lines
|Real Madrid||-1½ -130||-415||3 -105o||2½ +105o/-135u|
|Mallorca||+1½ +110||+1100||3 -115u||½ -105o/-125u|
Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 66
- Real Madrid Victories: 39 (131 goals)
- Mallorca Victories: 15 (65 goals)
- Draws: 12
Last season, they met twice and each team won one matchup. First, Mallorca won 1-0 at home with an early goal from Lago Junior. Real Madrid ended the game with 10 players after Alvaro Odriozola got a red card (74 minutes). Several weeks later, los Blancos took revenge with a 2-0 victory at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. Vinicius Junior and Sergio Ramos were the scorers.
Real Madrid owns an 8-1-1 record in the last 10 meetings with Mallorca. During that span, they scored 25 goals, allowed only six and finished with a clean sheet five times. The total went over in five of those games.
Mallorca beat Real Madrid on the road for the last time in the 2008-09 season.
Why Bet on Real Madrid?
Most of the time, including Real Madrid in your soccer picks is a no-brainer, but let’s find out why.
Los Blancos sit in first place with 13 points thanks to a 4-1-0 record, 15 goals for and seven against. No other team has scored more goals. Most recently, they faced Valencia and won 2-1 with goals from Junior and Benzema.
Both strikers have had an incredible start of the season. Benzema leads the team and the league in scoring with six goals. He also leads the assist charts with five. Junior follows him in the scoring chart with five goals.
“I’m very grateful that the coach is showing his confidence in me, and the players fill me with confidence to perform well. I’ve had a very good start and I want to continue like this until the end of the season,” said Junior after receiving the Mahou Five Star Player of the Month of August. That award recognizes his good performances during the first month of the season.
Defensively, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been sensational, but he can’t do it all by himself. The defensive unit needs to improve, as only three other teams have allowed more goals. To be fair, they’ve had trouble with the injury bug, but still.
Real Madrid also started the season 4-1 against the spread and over/under. Having such a talented roster has allowed Ancelotti to rest certain players when necessary. Rodrygo, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde have also had a great start of the season.
Dani Carvajal remains questionable after leaving the game against Valencia with a muscular injury. Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Ferland Mendy and Marcelo remain out due to injury. They haven’t missed them much, but they’ll be even more dangerous when they all come back.
Their expected lineup to face Mallorca is Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Miguel Gutierrez; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.
Why Bet on Mallorca?
Mallorca deserves to be the betting online underdog, but it can put up a fight. It sies in eighth place with eight points thanks to a 2-2-1 record, three goals for and three goals against. Only Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, and Villarreal have allowed less goals.
Most recently, Mallorca drew 0-0 to Villarreal. Not bad considering Villarreal is the current UEFA Europa League champion.
Three different players have scored the team’s goals: Brian Olivan, Ruben Duarte and Dani Rodriguez. Besides them, Takefusa Kubo and Fer Nino, both 20 years old, have become a real menace to opposing teams. Both are extremely fast and dribble like nothing else matters.
Mallorca also started the season 3-1-1 against the spread and 0-4-1 over/under. They’re not used to taking the reins of the game, but they can be very dangerous on the counter-attack. We’re talking about a very disciplined team with a very experienced manager in Luis Garcia Plaza. He knows La Liga very well after also having coached Getafe and Villarreal.
Angel Rodriguez remains out due to injury. Their expected lineup is Manolo Reina; Pablo Maffeo, Martin Valjent, Brian Olivan, Jaume Costa; Takefusa Kubo, Salva Sevilla, Iddrisu Baba, Amath Ndiaye; Dani Rodriguez, Fer Nino.
Final Analysis, Predictions
Yes, Real Madrid must improve defensively, but they have too much offensive power. If they can keep scoring three goals per game, they should be fine. Mallorca’s defense will be a tough test but Madrid should create plenty of scoring opportunities playing at home.
I expect both to score and the total to go over. Don’t forget to check the props our sportsbook is offering for this and other games to increase your winning chances. Our score prediction is offering a +1000 price, while Real Madrid by two goals is +300.
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3, Mallorca 1