Real Madrid will venture into Iberostar Estadi at less than 100 percent and in need of a win. It is still far too early in the campaign to hit the panic button, but after a rough start, Madrid is nine points behind Barcelona and tied for sixth in the La Liga table.
Madrid has Marcelo dealing with injuries to Fábio Coentrão and Álvaro Arbeloa at left-back. Their absence was clearly felt when Madrid fell 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund in Champions League play last week.
Madrid must now make up for that and pick up some key road points against a squad that is not accustomed to letting opponents leave Palma with points in the bag.
Mallorca is 3-1-0 in La Liga play in the confines of Iberostar Estradi and it has scored six goals in those four games. This accounts for almost all of Mallorca's 11 points on the season. We'll continue looking into this matchup, but first, here is where and when to catch the action.
Where: Iberostar Estadi in Palma, Spain
When: Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Watch: beIN Sport 1 (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)
While Mallorca has been playing well at home, it lost its last time out on the Iberostar Estadi pitch. That was a 2-1 loss to Granada and it was the second loss of Mallorca's current three-game losing streak.
The Mallorca attack has suffered long stretches of complete ineffectiveness, but the team has a strong defense and decent midfield, which can lead to solid possession. Also, Giovani dos Santos sparked some life into this attack their last time on the pitch when Mallorca fell to Sevilla, 3-2.
Mallorca will try to keep this improved offense going as it undoubtedly attacks Madrid's injured left-back position.
The easiest way for Madrid to limit its injury concerns is to go on a goal-scoring spree, which everyone knows it is capable of.
Prior to its recent Champions League loss, Madrid had scored a combined 13 goals in its previous five games.
I am certainly expecting the offense to do enough to get this one done. Madrid is rolling in La Liga play, it knows it has little margin for error and it will not let this one get away.
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