Real Madrid spent a brilliant 2021/22 season, winning the La Liga and Champions League double. This season, they continued their excellent form, opening with a 2-0 victory over Frankfurt in the European Super Cup.
What followed was a string of victories, many of which were jubilant displays of strength. Then, Real Madrid is currently the only team to win all of the top 5 European leagues. In the past 4 matches, Real Madrid has always beaten opponents, with a performance of nearly 3 goals / match.
Real Madrid is having the opportunity to maintain a perfect record in round 5 tonight when welcoming Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu. In general, the home team still holds many opportunities. The only obstacle they faced against Mallorca was the absence of Karim Benzema due to injury. Their No. 1 striker will be out of action until the end of this month, meaning Real will have to get used to life without him for the next three matches.
With this absence, it is likely that coach Carlo Ancelotti will put his trust in Eden Hazard, who has partly found his best form with 1 goal and 1 assist in the 3-0 defeat of Celtic. In addition to the option of using Hazard, Real can also believe in another solution, Vinicius Junior.
Hazard will be trusted by coach Ancelotti
But often when Benzema isn’t on the pitch, Vinicius doesn’t play to his full potential. The Brazilian striker needs a transit point, someone who understands to work with him. This is what Benzema has always given him. Remember, when Benzema was absent for 6 games last season in the Champions League and Champions League, Vinicius did not score or assist in 5 matches.
But actually, Mallorca is not strong enough to stop Real, when the defending champion has too many other explosive points like Rodrygo, Modric and of course Hazard. Moreover, the island team is also very weak against Real with 8 losses, 1 draw in the last 10 matches.
Mallorca lost up to 28 goals in this series of 10 matches, averaging 2.8 goals / game. Real are unbeaten against Mallorca in Madrid since May 2009, including a 6-1 win last season.
On Real’s field, the difference is even more prominent with White vulture scored 4.4 goals/match in the last 4 matches. Ancelotti’s side have not lost at the Bernabeu in La Liga since they fell to Barcelona 0-4 in March. The statistics show that the correlation is too disparate.
It is true that Mallorca is playing quite well with 5 points from the beginning of the season, the achievement is not bad for a relegation club like them. But it seems that Real is still too much of an obstacle for them because Mallorca is so weak in all aspects, not to mention this club also lost 5 players to injury in tonight’s match.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Mallorca
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, David Alaba, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos; Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Ernesto Valverde.
Mallorca: Predrag Rajkovic; Copete, Anthony Raillo, Martin Valjent; Pablo Maffeo, Rodrigo Battaglia, Antonio Sanchez, Dani Rodriguez, Jaume Costa; Vedat Sculptor, Lee Kang-in.