2019-20 Spanish Primera – Mallorca vs Barcelona Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Mallorca vs Barcelona kick off? Saturday 13th June, 2020 – 21:00 (UK)

Where is Mallorca vs Barcelona being played? Iberostar Estadi

Where can I get tickets for Mallorca vs Barcelona? No tickets are available as these matches are being played behind closed doors

What TV channel is Mallorca vs Barcelona on in the UK? This match will be televised live on LaLigaTV (Sky channel 435, Virgin channel 554) for those with a Premier Sport subscription

Where can I stream Mallorca vs Barcelona in the UK? Premier Sport subscribers in the UK can stream the match live via a Premier Player subscription

bet365 customers may be able to stream this match live via their website and you can check their schedule here

THE TEAM NEWS

MALLORCA

  • Mallorca return to action after the break hoping they can retain some of the momentum they were building back in March as they had taken seven points from their last four matches to give them a fighting chance of survival.
  • They are without regular left-back Lumor Agbenyenu and his back-up Leonardo Koutris which is not ideal when facing Lional Messi but experienced campaigner Fran Gamez will likely switch to the left and deputise there.
  • The rest of the squad is fit for this match but it will be a tough task even on home turf against a Barca team that put five past them in December and this really will be an examination of their defensive solidity which has been questionable at times this season.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Manolo Reina; Alejandro Pozo, Valjent, Raillo, Sedlar, Fran Gamez; Dani Rodriguez, Muhammed, Salva Sevilla; Budimir, Cucho Hernandez

Unavailable: Agbenyenu (Injured), Koutris (Injured)

Doubtful:

BARCELONA

  • Barca are well aware that they need to make a quick start and get up to speed quickly given how close Real Madrid are behind them, especially if there is any risk of the league potentially being halted again in the near future.
  • They may have to do without Nelson Semedo for this game after he was forced to train alone after failing to adhere to Coronavirus protocol, so that means Sergi Roberto is likely to start at right-back.
  • Suarez and Messi both had injuries prior to the break but have managed to recover during the break in play, with the key duo both expected to start along with Griezmann in Barcelona’s attack.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, De Jong, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann

Unavailable: Lenglet (Suspended), Dembele (Injured)

Doubtful: Semedo (Out of favour)

THE KEY STATS

  • Mallorca have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 home league matches
  • Mallorca have lost 4 of their last 6 home league games
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 4 of Mallorca’s last 5 home league games
  • Barcelona have lost only 2 of their last 16 league matches
  • Barcelona have won only 1 of their last 5 away league matches
  • Barcelona have won each of their last 6 matches against Mallorca in all competitions
  • Barcelona have scored 4 or more goals in 4 of their last 5 La Liga matches against Mallorca
  • Barcelona have won by a margin of at least 3 goals in 4 of their last 6 La Liga matches against Mallorca
  • Barcelona were winning at both half-time and full-time in their last 6 La Liga matches against Mallorca
  • Barcelona have conceded 2 goals in each of their last 5 away league matches

THE PREDICTION

The break may have served Barcelona well in the title race as they did have some injury concerns when play was halted. They pick things back up against with a trip to face Mallorca and they will be confident against the Islanders. They put five past them in their last meeting and with all their offensive weapons at Quique Setien’s disposal against this questionably Mallorca defence, they should have too much even if there is a little ring rust.

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