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RCD Mallorca vs Real Madrid: Probable Lineups

Mallorca will host high-flying Real Madrid on Saturday evening, both teams coming off contrasting results. The Balearic side is still reeling from their heartbreaking Copa del Rey final defeat on penalties, while Los Blancos head into the match after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League.

Mallorca will miss several key players due to injuries sustained in the Copa del Rey final. Defender Toni Lato is out until the end of the month, while Dani Rodriguez and Copete are also unavailable. This likely means starts for Antonio Sanchez and Matija Nastasic in defense, with Jaume Costa returning at left wing-back and Predrag Rajkovic back in goal.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, have a near full squad at their disposal, with only long-term absentees Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba missing. However, coach Ancelotti is expected to rotate heavily to keep his stars fresh for the crucial second leg against Manchester City next week. Players like Carvajal, Rudiger, Mendy, Kroos, Valverde, and Rodrygo might be rested.

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Eder Militao, returning from a long injury layoff, might get his first start since August alongside Nacho in central defense. Aurelien Tchouameni, suspended for the Champions League second leg, is expected to start in midfield alongside Luka Modric and a potentially rotated attacking trio of Bellingham, Vinicius Jr., and Brahim Diaz.

Can Mallorca overcome their recent disappointment and cause an upset against a potentially weakened Real Madrid side? Or will Los Blancos’ depth and experience see them cruise to a victory and extend their lead at the top of La Liga?

Predicted Lineups

RCD Mallorca : Greif – Gonzalez, Valjent, Raillo, Nastasic, Maffeo – Costa, Darder, Rodriguez – Muriqi, Larin.

Real Madrid: Lunin – Vazquez, Nacho, Rüdiger, Garcia – Camavinga, Modric, Valverde – Diaz, Joselu, Rodrygo

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