Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Real Madrid will be aiming to make a flying start to 2024 when they host Mallorca to their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening. Los Blancos survived Deportivo Alaves in their last league match, with Lucas Vazquez scoring a late winner and Carlo Ancelotti’s men are seen as hot favourites to beat Mallorca as well. Defender Nacho is banned for the match, while David Alaba is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. The likes of Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois are injured as well.
Los Bermellones, on the other hand, are not regarded as good travellers and given their seven-game losing streak and “Bernabeu”, we are tempted to put our money on the title-chasing hosts. To make things even worse for the visiting side, Jaume Costa is sidelined through suspension. Fellow defender Martin Valjent misses out with a knee injury.
Highlighted Player (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is regarded as one of the best central midfielders in world football. The Croatian ace is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth school and it has to be noted that he played 94 league games for the Modri between 2003 and 2008. In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £16.5 million.
Luka made his Tottenham debut on 16 August, 2008 in a 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. The Croatian star scored only 13 goals in 127 league appearances for the Spurs, but he is well known for his brilliant passing. In 2012 he signed for Real Madrid for a fee of £30 million and he made his debut against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup, return leg.
Modric quickly established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, he helped the capital club win two Champions League trophies (2013/2014, 2015/2016). You should bear in mind that he was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014.
Highlighted Team (Mallorca):
Thanks to a win over Deportivo La Coruna in the 2018/2019 Segunda Division play-offs final Mallorca secured promotion to Primera Division. Los Bermellones returned to the Spanish top flight following a six-year absence. Over the years Mallorca have turned their Estadi de son Moix into a real fortress, with the team producing much better showings at home than on the travels.
Opened in June 1999, the venue can hold up to 23,142 people. The club based in Balearic Islands are well known for their red shirts with one black stripe and black shorts. Mallorca’s away colours are white and red. Former Barcelona and Inter ace Samuel Eto’o is undisputedly the most notable footballer who played for the club.
Back in 1999 Mallorca made it to the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Lazio in the title game. Four years later los Bermellones won Spanish Copa del Rey, which is considered the club’s biggest success.