Mallorca vs. Real Madrid: Where to Watch La Liga, TV Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

Real Madrid looks to maintain its unbeaten start to La Liga when it travels to the Balearic Islands to take on Mallorca on Saturday.

The 13-time European Cup winners put a tumultuous summer behind them with a strong start to the season, which saw them arrive into the international break as the only team still unbeaten in the league.

More importantly for Los Blancos, with five wins and three draws in eight games, they top the table with a two-point gap over Barcelona.

Madrid was expected to travel to Catalonia for the first El Clasico of the season next week, but the Spanish soccer federation has since opted to postpone the game in the wake of rising political tension in the region.

Political tension has been running high in the region since on Monday the Spanish Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for their role in a failed bid for independence in 2017.

Earlier this week, La Liga asked for El Clasico to be switched to Madrid, with the reverse fixture to be played in Barcelona on March 1.

Before Real can analyze the implications of not playing its arch-rivals next week, however, it must focus on the trip to the Balearic Islands this weekend.

Los Blancos, who could trail Barcelona by a point by the time they take the field on Saturday, haven't played Mallorca in seven years but should be happy to have this fixture back as they have won the last six games against this weekend's opponents.

Real's form so far has mirrored its start to the 2016-17 season, when the Spanish giants also won five and drew three of their first eight games.

Back then, Real followed it up with another six wins and two draws in the following eight games, setting up a crucial platform for a campaign that would ultimately see them clinch the league title.

The Spanish giants haven't won La Liga since and while they have got off to a strong start this season, there's a number of questions left unanswered for Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid spent over $300 million on players this summer to overhaul the squad but the big-money signings are yet to repay the investment, with Eden Hazard providing just one goal and one assist after moving from Chelsea.

With the new signings still finding their feet, it has been left to the old guard to pick up the slack and Karim Benzema has been leading from the front, scoring six goals in eight appearances.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Real Madrid, Luka Modric
Luka Modric of Real Madrid celebrates his goal with team mates during the La Liga match against Granada CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 5 in Madrid, Spain. TF-Images/Getty

When and where is the game?

Mallorca hosts Real Madrid at the Iberostar Stadium in Palma, Balearic Islands, on Saturday, October 19.

Kick-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

Saturday marks the first time Real Madrid plays Mallorca since the 2012-13 season. Los Blancos have won the last six straight meetings against Mallorca and their last visit to Palma ended with a 5-0 win.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORTS.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via beIN Sports website and beIN Sports' digital platforms, as well as fuboTV.

Form

Mallorca beat Espanyol 2-0 at home before the international break to pick up only its second win of the season and snap a three-game losing streak.

Despite the win, however, it remains 18th with just seven points in eight games but only a point adrift of safety.

Real, meanwhile, beat Granada 4-2 at home, racking up its fourth win in the last five La Liga games and remaining top of the table two points clear of Barcelona.

Team news

Mallorca will be without full-back Abdul Rahman Baba and summer signing Cucho Hernandez, who is still nursing a muscle injury.

Real, meanwhile, could be without Luka Modric, who picked up a knock while on international duty, while Gareth Bale is also a doubt.

Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernandez remain unavailable as does long-term absentee Marco Asensio.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, Real is a 53/100 favorite, while Mallorca is an 11/2 underdog and the draw is at 17/5.

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