Expectations are higher than usual at the Bernabeu since the summer arrival of Jose Mourinho and his new signings will need to settle quickly if they want to defeat Barcelona in the race for the title.
Mourinho has added potency to his attack with the arrivals of Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria, Pedro Leon and Sergio Canales as he looks to provide support to Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain in their search for goals.
Kaka will miss the game with Mallorca due to injury whilst Mourinho has made it clear that he will play Ronaldo on the wing with Higuain up front.
Madrid were the top goalscorers in La Liga last season and after running out 4-1 victors the last time these two sides met, they will be looking to start the season on a high, but it remains to be seen if the team can gel quickly and the 5/4 offered for the game to produce under 2.5 goals is the value of the market.
Mallorca finished fifth in La Liga last season and will offer stern resistance against Mourinho’s side despite history being against them – Madrid have lost the opening game of the season just once in the last eight years – and are a huge price at 8/1 to be victorious.
New Mallorca boss Michael Laundrup will be hoping to continue Mallorca’s magnificent home record that saw them win 15 of their 19 home games last season.
Despite Mallorca’s financial problems, it’s a tough opener for Mourinho’s Madrid and it is worth a punt on Mallorca to upset Jose on his opening day.
Real Madrid are 4/11 to start the season with victory. See the latest Mallorca vs Real Madrid match betting market here.