Real Madrid VS Mallorca LIVE Football Match Score 11/09/2022
Real Madrid will be bidding to make it seven straight wins in all competitions at the start of the 2022-23 campaign when they return to La Liga action against Mallorca on Sunday afternoon. Los Blancos, who are top of the table, will enter the match off the back of a 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League, while 11th-placed Mallorca drew 1-1 with Girona in the league last time out. Real Madrid enjoyed a brilliant 2021-22 campaign, winning a La Liga and Champions League double, and they have already claimed silverware for this season, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the UEFA Super Cup on August 10. Los Blancos have also made a perfect start to their La Liga campaign, beating Almeria, Celta Vigo, Espanyol and Real Betis to sit top of the division on 12 points, two points clear of second-placed Barcelona, who will believe that they can launch a strong challenge for the title this term.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were in Champions League action on Tuesday evening, meanwhile, recording a 3-0 victory over Celtic in Glasgow courtesy of goals from Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard. Real Madrid have three more games before the international break, welcoming RB Leipzig to Bernabeu in the Champions League next week before facing Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby on September 18. Ancelotti’s team have not lost at Bernabeu in La Liga since Barcelona beat them 4-0 back in March, while they are unbeaten against Mallorca in Madrid since May 2009, including a 6-1 victory over the Pirates in the corresponding league fixture last term. Mallorca finished 16th in La Liga last season on their return to the top flight, and they are bidding to make it successive campaigns at this level of football for the first time since 2013.
Los Bermellones opened their 2022-23 campaign with a goalless draw against Athletic Bilbao before suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Real Betis in their second match of the season. Mallorca have taken four points from their last two games, though, recording a 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on August 27 before playing out a 1-1 draw with Girona last time out, which has left them in 11th spot in the table. Javier Aguirre’s side will take on Real Madrid and Barcelona in two of their next three matches, and they are not the fixtures that will determine whether the team can avoid relegation this term. Mallorca do have a recent win over Los Blancos to their name, though, triumphing 1-0 in October 2019, and the visitors will be the fresher of the two sides, having not been in action since last Saturday.
Real Madrid will definitely be without the services of Karim Benzema and Eder Militao for this weekend’s contest, with the duo picking up injuries against Celtic last time out. As a result, Hazard could be given the nod as a false nine, while Antonio Rudiger is likely to line up alongside David Alaba in the middle of the defence. Jesus Vallejo is back in group training and has been named in the squad, but Alvaro Odriozola is again on the sidelines with a muscular problem. Eduardo Camavinga is pushing for a spot in the side, meanwhile, and the France international could potentially take the place of Modric, with the Croatian set to be rested; Rodrygo could also come in for Federico Valverde.
As for Mallorca, Dominik Greif remains on the sidelines with a hip problem, while Iddrisu Baba, Amath Ndiaye and Angel Rodriguez are also expected to miss out through injury. The visitors are again expected to line up in a 3-5-2 formation for this match, with Vedat Muriqi being joined in the final third of the field by Lee Kang-in. Meanwhile, Antonio Sanchez and Dani Rodriguez are also set to retain their spots in the side despite head coach Aguirre having a number of options for change in midfield.
Real Madrid will aim to continue their perfect start to the 2022/23 La Liga season when they welcome Mallorca to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. Real Madrid will be looking to make it seven wins in a row across all competitions at the start of the 2022/23 campaign when they play hosts to RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga on Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday night, it was a game of two halves for Los Merengues, who laboured a bit against Celtic’s intensity in the first half. But their quality shone through as they beat Celtic 3-0 in their Champions League opener. Quick-fire second-half goals from Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric put the game out of reach for the Scottish Champions, before Eden Hazard sealed the victory late on.
The defending La Liga and European champions have started the new campaign in impeccable fashion with an unblemished run of results so far, winning all six of their matches across all boards this season. Real Madrid are the only team in the Spanish top-flight to boast a 100% win rate after four La Liga rounds and are currently leading the table with 12 points, two points clear of second-placed Barcelona.
On the other hand, Mallorca, who survived relegation by one point last season, have had a healthier start to the new La Liga season than many predicted, with a win and two draws from their opening four games. They drew 1-1 with Girona in their most recent league game and sit comfortably in the mid-table. New manager Javier Aguirre has guided Mallorca to five win in 13 games thus far (D3 L5), an excellent record for a relegation-threatened side. But their away record is dismal, to say the least, with only three wins from their last 20 games. Real Madrid are, of course, overwhelming favourites to keep their imperious run going against Mallorca, but the visitors will be keen to show they are no longer relegation fodder. The last time these two sides met at the Bernabeu was in September last year, with Real Madrid beating Mallorca 6-1 courtesy of a brace from Karim Benzema, while Marco Asensio had his best performance in a long time.
The only negative takeaway from the win in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night was that Karim Benzema will miss three matches because of a knee issue. Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti initially downplayed that it was not a serious concern, but the full extent of the injury is a bit more severe. The Merengues are still dealing with a couple of injuries as Eder Militao (hamstring), Alvaro Odriozola (muscle), remain unavailable for the weekend’s clash. But Nacho Fernandez and Jesus Vallejo have returned to the squad after recovering from their muscle problems. Ancelotti will continue to employ a 4-3-3 system that has served Real Madrid brilliantly since his arrival. There should be only one change at the back from the midweek triumph, with Antonio Rudiger replacing the injured Militao to partner David Alaba at the heart of the Real Madrid defence. The rest of the back four will be unchanged, with Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy set to occupy the full-back spots, while Thibaut Courtois will continue in goal.
Eduardo Camavinga could get a run-out in the middle of the park against Mallorca, with the Frenchman likely to come in for Luka Modric to give the ageing Croat a breather. Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni, however, are expected to hold on to their respective slots in the midfield unit. With Benzema out injured, Real Madrid lack a natural striker for the matches against Mallorca and RB Leipzig. Eden Hazard is likely to step in to fill Benzema’s shoes and is expected to operate in a false nine role, with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo on either side of him. Vinicius has netted in each of his last four games and opened the scoring for Los Blancos in Glasgow on Tuesday night. The 22-year-old has the flair and finesse to take on even more goal-scoring responsibility in Benzema’s absence and will be heavily relied upon here.