League leaders Barcelona travel to Estadio de Son Moix to do battle with relegation-fighting Mallorca in their round of 28 game.
The visitors enter the game as clear favorites as they remain La Liga’s most in-form side having won five of their last six La Liga games.
The Blaugrana remain atop of La Liga and will be looking to strengthen their grip on top spot by picking all three points here to move points above Real Madrid—albeit temporarily—who do not play until Sunday.
Mallorca enter the tie sitting in 17th place with 25 points from 27 games. Although they are overwhelmingly outsiders in this tie, picking up all three points in this game could see them climb off the relegation zone, and they will be looking to cause an upset in this tie.
Vicente Moreno will be without Lumor Agbenyenu and Leonardo Koutris for this tie. Baba Rahman is also an injury doubt for the match.
Talismanic forward Messi has been passed fit to take part in the tie, but Quique Setien remains without Ousmane Dembele, who remains a long-term injury doubt. Clement Lenglet will miss the tie through suspension while the match comes too soon for Luiz Suarez, who has returned to training after undergoing surgery.
Head to head
Barca enjoys a superior head to head record in this tie with five wins in the last five. In that period, the Blaugrana have scored 21 goals conceding only six times.
Mallorca last five games in all competition: WLDWL
Barca last five games in all competition: WLDWW
Mallorca head into this tie with a relegation fight in their hands. A positive result here could get their season back on track.
Barcelona are, however, not the type of team they will be looking to get a positive result from as they struggle against Quique Setien’s side.
Historically, the home side concede a lot of goals in this tie, having shipped in at least four goals in four of the last five meetings between both sides.
The hosts will be looking to capitalize on a strong first half finish as they tend to do well at home in the first half. Their record of six first-half wins in 14 home games (D5, L3) makes them the second-best team in the league.
However, they also possess a porous defense with only one team conceding more than the 44 goals they’ve conceded this season at home.
Meanwhile, only Madrid and Sevilla have scored more away goals than Barca in La Liga this season.
However, the visitors have lost five out of the 14 games they have played away from home this season. Before the season was suspended, the Blaugrana were on a run of just one win in five away trips in the top-flight. In three of the games within that period, Barca conceded the first goal within the first half-hour. They also conceded at least two goals in all five games.
Away from home, Barca have kept just three cleans sheets, conceding 19 times. Although they tend to concede first in away games, the defending champions hold the re3cord for points rescued from losing position.
Over 3.5 goals @ 6/5
Both teams to score/Yes @ 5/6
Barca to win @ 2/7