With barely any time to enjoy the fine victory recorded at Mestalla, tonight sees Real Madrid once again in LaLiga action as the Whites welcome Mallorca to the Santiago Bernabéu for the Matchday 6 bout (10pm CET). This encounter will be the first of three home games on the bounce, with the visit of Villarreal in LaLiga to come, before the Champions League clash against Sheriff Tiraspol.
Following Atlético’s win, victory for Madrid would see the Whites return to top spot and make it 16 points from a possible 18. In the quest to secure the spoils, the hosts will need Karim Benzema and Vini Jr. to continue their stunning run of form. The pair lead the way in the division’s scoring charts on six and five strikes respectively and the two of them have hit a total of 11 goals, which is more than the tallies of all of the other LaLiga teams across the opening five matchdays.
Video.Time to regain top spot in Bernabéu clash
What’s more, Benzema tops the league’s assist charts on four and has teed the Brazilian up for his last three goals. “The key to this is balance: performing well with and without the ball”, commented Carlo Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference ahead of a game for which Dani Carvajal has failed to make the squad list.
Mallorca have enjoyed a good start to the campaign and despite their status as league newboys, the islanders are sitting pretty in eighth with two wins and draws apiece and one defeat to their name. The last meeting between the two sides was two seasons ago, with Madrid running out 2-0 winners at the Alfredo Di Stéfano during the 10-game winning streak en route to lifting the club’s 34th LaLiga crown.