- Real Madrid have won four of their last five league assignments.
- Mallorca have failed to score in eight of their 14 away matches in La Liga this term.
- Both teams have scored in only six of Mallorca’s 14 away games.
Real Madrid take initiative in title race
Real Madrid clearly made the most of the time they had to rest during the season’s hiatus, having returned to action with a bang in La Liga.
They have won all three of their matches since the restart against Eibar, Valencia and Real Sociedad, with their latest victory putting them top of the standings, ahead of Barcelona as a result of their superior head-to-head record.
Eager to keep hold of top spot, Los Blancos should be fancied to make it four wins on the spin at home to relegation-threatened Mallorca.
Home performances have been key to Real Madrid’s success this season – they are unbeaten in their 15 home league matches, winning 11 and drawing four.
Los Blancos comfortable at new stadium
The move to their second team’s Alfredo di Stefano stadium while the Santiago Bernabeu undergoes renovations threatened to unsettle that record but they have won both matches there by an aggregate scoreline of 6-1.
Zinedine Zidane has a striker in excellent form to call on in Karim Benzema, who has netted 22 goals in all competitions this season, while Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard are slowly being worked back into the first-team fold.
But it is at the back where Real Madrid are at their strongest with 14 clean sheets in 30 matches in Spain’s top flight this term.
Sergio Ramos became the highest-scoring defender in La Liga history last time out and has been a constant at the back with Raphael Varane and Mallorca may struggle to cause problems for the centre-back pairing.
Relegation looms for shot-shy Mallorca
The visitors are in the bottom three with eight matches remaining and although Takefusa Kubo and Ante Budimir have excelled this season, their lack of ruthlessness in the final third was magnified in their latest league clash.
They failed to see off fellow strugglers Leganes at home last time out, conceding an equaliser in the 87th minute, meaning they have only won one of their previous five league matches.
They have drawn blanks in three of those matches against high flying Getafe, Barcelona and Villarreal outfits and they may not find a way through another sturdy rearguard, enhancing appeal about a Real Madrid win to nil match prediction.
In terms of a correct score prediction, punters should not anticipate Mallorca to be absolutely blown apart and 2-0, a scoreline Real Madrid have won by three times at home this term, could be a reasonable selection.
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