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Real Madrid vs Mallorca predictions: Rotation might not be enough to stop Real
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Jack Ogalbe
Carlo Ancelotti may be forced to rotate on Sunday but Real Madrid should still be too strong for Mallorca
Carlo Ancelotti may be forced to rotate on Sunday but Real Madrid should still be too strong for Mallorca

There are few tougher tasks than travelling to the Bernabeu and despite some decent recent form, Mallorca could be Real Madrid's next victims on Sunday. 

Los Blancos did their usual trick of biding their time before pouncing on their prey on Tuesday, beating Celtic 3-0 to make a winning start to their Champions League title defence. 

After winning all of their first four LaLiga games, they look on course for another successful season. 

Mallorca finished 16th in 2021-22 but will be hoping for a better campaign this time around after losing just one of their opening four matches this season. 

However, their last win at the Bernabeu came in 2009 and it could be another tough afternoon in the capital. 

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Team news

Real will be without both Karim Benzema and Eder Militao after the pair picked up injuries in midweek. 

Eden Hazard came on for Benzema against Celtic and could replace the French striker in the starting XI, while Antonio Rudiger is likely to start in central defence. 

With another Champions League game coming up against RB Leipzig on Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti could be tempted into further rotation meaning possible starts for the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo. 

Dominik Greif, Iddrisu Baba, Amath Ndiaye and Angel Rodriguez are all out for Mallorca. 

Vedat Muriqi and Lee Kang-in should lead the attack, while Antonio Sanchez and Dani Rodriguez are expected to keep their places. 

The stats

Eden Hazard scored from off the bench in midweek and may replace Karim Benzema
Eden Hazard scored from off the bench in midweek and may replace Karim Benzema

Real have been excellent this season, winning all four LaLiga matches and scoring a joint-league high 11 goals. 

Benzema has scored three of those and while his absence will be felt, his tally has been matched by Vinicius Junior. 

They can be vulnerable, though, having conceded a goal in each of their domestic games so far this season. 

Mallorca have scored in their last three outings, including last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Girona. 

However, they have not won at the Bernabeu since May 2009, when they came from behind after Gonzalo Higuain had opened the scoring, with goals from Juan Arango, Cleber Santana and Alhassane Keita sealing a famous victory. 

Real were the dominant force in the pair's two meetings last season, winning both games at an aggregate score of 9-1. 


Real do not look to have missed a beat since last season and while they are likely to rotate, the depth of their squad suggests they will not have too many issues on Sunday. 

The Bernabeu's refurbishment may not be complete but Los Blancos appear to be the finished article when in full flow. 

However, they do give their opposition opportunities so do not be surprised if they concede. 

Therefore, a fifth win with both teams scoring, which has been the case in their other league games this season, might be the answer. 

Having conceded exactly one goal in every game, Mallorca to score once might be something else to look out for and Muriqi might be the man having netted twice this season. 

Even so, as they are likely to find for most of the season, Real are a class above and should win handsomely.


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