An interesting clash is in store at the Bernabéu on Sunday evening. The home side has already won the league, while Mallorca have plenty to fight for – they have the Europa League in mind after coming up the table as a dark horse in recent weeks.
José Mourinho will likely start a few fringe players in this game; Antonio Adan remains in goal, while Raphael Varane and Esteban Granero will also start. After the game, everyone will get a chance to party, when the official trophy presentation takes place in the historic stadium.
Joaquín Caparrós has the returing Ivan Ramis and Pau Cendros to bolster his defence, but Emilio Nsue will miss out.
Madrid are hoping to attain a record 100 points here, and that’s possible due a streak in which they are undefeated in 22. They’ve scored at least 3 goals in 17 of their last 20 home games too, explaining why they’re sitting on 117 goals as things stand.
Mallorca, meanwhile, have won 5 of their last 6: the sort of consitency that few teams seem to have found this season. Caparrós’ team are 13.00 for the win.
Main Man: Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo’s form has been relentless throughout this season. Usually, 45 goals in a single league campaign would guarantee a top scorer award – but not when Lionel Messi is in your competition. The Portuguese trails the Barcelona man by 5 goals and would need something special to overtake him. A goal at the weekend, though, would make Ronaldo the first player to score against 19 sides in a La Liga season
Main Man: Real Mallorca
Victor Casadesus may not be a household name, but he’s worked tirelessly for his team this season. He’s been key in their recent run of form, mixing clever strike play and plenty of industry. 9 goals and 3 assists for him this season make him a key figure as Mallorca look to seal that coveted Europa League slot.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last five against Mallorca in La Liga, with 4 wins in that period. Meanwhile, there has been just one goalless draw between the clubs in their last 26 league meetings at Bernabéu. However, only Barcelona have won more matches at Bernabéu in La Liga since 2000/01 than Mallorca.
Cristiano Ronaldo can be found at 2.70 to score first, and 1.30 anytime. José Callejón is a decent shout to score though, and he’s at 2.20 anytime and a generous 6.00 to score first. Mallorca’s players have great odds; the in-form Víctor is 4.40 anytime, and the dangerous Chori Castro is at 6.25.
Real Madrid will be in search of the points record here and Real Mallorca need the victory to seal a Europa League place. Real should just about have the power to beat the team from the Island, but a draw is decent value at 7.00.