La Liga leaders Real Madrid hope to extend their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday when they travel to Mallorca, whose last win over Los Blancos came more than a decade ago.
Zinedine Zidane’s men hold a fragile two-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table, and Mallorca will have a fire lit under them as they seek to climb out of La Liga’s relegation zone.
How to watch:
When: Saturday, October 19
Where: Son Moix Stadium, Palma, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN SPORTS
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The Vermilions last defeated Real in May 2009—a 3-1 shock at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu—but have since gone eight meetings in a row without managing to replicate that result (seven losses, one draw).
Manager Vicente Moreno has taken his team back to Spain’s top flight for the first time in seven years. Mallorca boosted their prospects with a 2-0 home win over Espanyol before the international break, their second win of the season.
Zidane could welcome James Rodríguez and Brahim Díaz back into the lineup after they each returned from injury, while left-back Ferland Mendy has also been back in training. Marco Asensio remains a long-term absentee, while it’s also likely too soon for Toni Kroos or Nacho to return.
Thibaut Courtois should come back into Real’s XI after he featured for Belgium during the international break.
The goalkeeper was withdrawn at half-time during a recent 2-2 draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League after suffering from gastroenteritis. Frenchman Alphonse Areola—on loan from Paris Saint-Germain—has deputised in the last two games.
Mallorca’s last home win over Real came in January 2008, the first leg of a 3-1 aggregate triumph in that season’s Copa del Rey—their last home win against Real in league competition was in February 2006.
Since that 2008 victory, the team has managed to score three times in six home encounters with Los Blancos and never more than once in a single game.
The power balance between these teams appears severely tilted in favour of Saturday’s guests, who travel to Son Moix Stadium for the first time in seven years seeking a routine result.