LaLiga – Match-day 5: R Madrid v Mallorca
Leaders RMA are currently 10 places higher than their rivals Mallorca, when the two sides meet, they will sit in first and eleventh positions respectively.
To retain first position in the LaLiga is R Madrid’s target this week
RMA will hope to increase their wins in a row, having secured a 2-1 victory over Real Betis in their last fixture.
Also, League leaders RMA’s League position speaks for itself, as Los Blancos continue their rich vein of winning form. Their last win, was the 4th in a row, which is responsible for their Champion’s League qualification position. With 4 wins, 0 losses and 0 draws for a total of 12 points so far this season, they have secured the top spot in the LaLiga having won four meetings.
When RMA host Mallorca, they will do so on the back of one victory on their own ground.
R Madrid will want to keep the pressure on their rivals as they sit at the top of the table, a win will take them to 15 points and keep their momentum going forward.
RMA are likely to be missing three of their key players when they start Sunday’s game, due to injury and illness.
Mallorca’s campaign so far has seen them accrue five points this season
Mallorca have dropped five points in their last two games, drawing 1-1 at Girona and losing 0-2 to Rayo Vallecano.
Also, Mallorca seem unable to get over the line on a consistent basis, with one draws in one game. With five points, they currently sit eleventh in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 1 wins, 1 losses and 2 draws having won one game, drawn two fixtures, and lost one game.
Mallorca have won one game and drawn one game of their two League matches playing away this season.
A win in this fixture would take Mallorca’s points to 8 in the League.
A solid defensive team
It’s an easy statement to make, but to win you simply have to score more goals than your opponent. Mallorca have been consistently applying this principle, whilst remaining defensively solid as a unit this season, with three goals in their previous matches. Mallorca have scored an impressive four goals so far this season, however their performances have at times been average. This is largely down to the efforts of their stand-out attackers – Vedat Muriqi (2), Kang In Lee (1), and Raillo (1).
Mallorca are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Javier Aguirre is concerned that Sunday’s fixture could see him without two of his key players
R Madrid v Mallorca – Head-to-Head.
Regarding their historical duels RMA and Mallorca have faced each other 38 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in RMA’s favour (23 – 10). Further, RMA recent form against Mallorca has been outstanding, winning on eleven out of the last 20 games. Their most recent encounter in this competition The Vermilions delivered a 0-3 away win.