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Real Madrid vs MallorcaJanuary 3, 2024, 1:15 PM ET
Real Madrid odds-400
Mallorca odds+1200
Over\Under2.5 -150/+127

Real Madrid vs Mallorca. Shape of the Teams

Real Madrid vs Real Mallorca is the first 2024 game for the home team, taking place at Santiago Bernabeu. 

The game is accompanied by significant challenges due to injuries. Madrid’s key defenders David Alaba, Antonio Rüdiger, and Éder Militão are sidelined for an extended period, with Alaba being the most recent addition to the injury list. 

This situation has led to speculations in recent reports about the deployment of French midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni in a center-back role. 

With limited options available, as Nacho faces a suspension, manager Carlo Ancelotti might have to resort to this unorthodox solution to address the team’s defensive gaps.

Real Madrid’s form has been impressive, with the team maintaining a strong record in recent matches. While there have been a couple of draws, a goalless match against Rayo Vallecano and a 1-1 tie with Real Betis – their last defeat dates back to the final week of September, where they suffered a 1-3 loss against Atlético Madrid in the Madrid derby. 

An example of Real Madrid’s resilience was evident in their game against Deportivo Alavés, where Los Blancos secured a win with a late goal, finalizing the score at 1-0. This ability to clinch victories in crucial moments has been a key factor in Real Madrid’s maintenance of the top spot in La Liga.

A significant part of their success can be attributed to Jude Bellingham, who has been a standout performer. So far, no team in La Liga has been able to counter Bellingham’s impact on the field effectively. 

However, Mallorca is not all too weak either. They have shown noticeable improvement compared to previous seasons, moving closer to being a mid-table side in La Liga. This progression is partly due to some key transfers last summer, with Sergi Darder’s move from the relegated Espanyol being particularly notable.

Managed by Javier Aguirre, Mallorca has effectively employed a mid-block strategy that has caused difficulties for many La Liga teams, resulting in several draws. This tactical approach makes it challenging for opponents to penetrate their defence.

Unfortunately for Mallorca fans, Mallorca’s track record against the top teams in La Liga has been less impressive. They suffered a narrow 0-1 defeats against Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid, managed a 2-2 draw against Barcelona (2-2), and endured a significant 3-5 loss against Girona. 

Given their history and typical approach in high-profile matches, it’s unlikely that Mallorca will significantly deviate from their more passive style of play at the Bernabeu, especially against Real Madrid’s imposing patterns of play. 

Real Madrid vs Mallorca Main Match Info

Real Madrid vs Mallorca Prediction, Odds

Javier Aguirre’s defensive strategy for Real Mallorca, characterized by a low-block approach, is typically effective in a mid-table context. This tactic relies on capitalizing on the opponent’s inaccurate attacks and exploiting their weak defensive positioning during offensive plays.

However, the strategy has its shortcomings, particularly when faced with individual brilliance. It tends to be too passive, gradually conceding space, which allows opponents to exploit and widen gaps in the defence.

Real Madrid, known for their ability to capitalize on individual flair, poses a significant challenge to this approach. With Jude Bellingham, the team has found the soul of the team, a pivotal player who embodies the team’s spirit and adds a dynamic edge to their play.

Coupled with the impressive Rodrygo Goes, who stepped up on the left side of the attack in the absence of the injured Vinicius Jr., Real Madrid’s offensive capabilities are formidable.

Given these factors, it seems unlikely that Mallorca will effectively contain both Bellingham and Rodrygo.

Furthermore, the athletic prowess of Federico Valverde, who consistently contributes both defensively and in attack, adds another layer of difficulty for Mallorca in attempting to neutralize Real Madrid’s multifaceted threat.

Real Madrid vs Mallorca Betting Tip

Jude Bellingham has been an enigma that neither Spain nor the rest of Europe has been able to solve. His performance with Real Madrid in the Champions League, against a group that included Braga, Napoli and Union Berlin, was nothing short of exceptional.

Scoring thirteen goals in sixteen games is an extraordinary feat, particularly for a young player who transitioned from Borussia Dortmund.

If there’s someone that moves blocks around, it’s Jude — always at the right place at the right time, making him a formidable force, one that Mallorca will have to contend with. 

After a well-deserved winter break, Real Madrid is expected to return with renewed energy, which is especially beneficial for Bellingham’s more experienced teammates like Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos. 

A refreshed Real Madrid playing at the Santiago Bernabeu is one of the most formidable threats in football, posing a significant challenge for Mallorca in their upcoming match.

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