Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction vs. Mallorca for LaLiga’s Matchday 28

Real Madrid, Rodrygo Goes (Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga
Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

CM Eduardo Camavinga

Eduardo Camavinga changed the game against Real Sociedad with his wonderstrike from well beyond the box, and he was just as game-changing – albeit not in the goal column – in the successful Remontada over PSG on Wednesday night in the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti is unpredictable when it comes to trusting the young midfielders with starts, but he surely must trust them now. Camavinga has been especially disrespected when it comes to his role lately. He has been money as a 2021 summer transfer and has all the upside in the world. Camavinga is ready for a third straight big performance.

DM Casemiro

Like Ferland Mendy, Casemiro is a defensive stalwart who will be back in the XI after serving a suspension. He was surprisingly not missed as much, but that credit goes to both Fede Valverde and Camavinga for their hard work in the second 45.

Casemiro has having a good season defensively. On the ball, he leaves a lot to be desired and is very inconsistent with his decision-making. So if you think about it, he has the same point to prove as Mendy. He must remind Real Madrid fans of his class and show that he is not a liability with the ball at his feet.

CM Fede Valverde

Luka Modric and Toni Kroos both need some rest. Modric has been next-level lately, but it is best to be proactive with his rest. Meanwhile, Kroos started vs. PSG despite an injury and was subbed for Camavinga at the hour mark, clearly unable to move effectively enough in such a fluid match.

Fede Valverde has been a game-changer, too, these last few matches. Whether as a starter or a sub, Fede has found ways to influence matches and is getting a lot of credit from coaches and teammates for all the little things he does to lift his team.

Therefore, the young center midfielder is an easy start against Mallorca. His energy should help Real dominate this match.