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  • 24 March 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 22284
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Mallorca - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants can close gap on Real Madrid to three points with victory in Palma

Mallorca - Barcelona Preview: Catalan giants can close gap on Real Madrid to three points with victory in Palma

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After back-to-back slip-ups from their arch-rivals, Pep Guardiola's side can put themselves right back in the Liga title race with a win at the Iberostar stadium


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MALLORCA

Aouate
Chico, Nunes, Ramis, Caceres
Marti, Tissone
Pereira, Alvaro, Castro
Casadesus
BARCELONA

Valdes
Busquets, Pique, Puyol
Fabregas, Xavi, Keita, Iniesta
Sanchez, Messi, Pedro

Mallorca welcome back key trio Ivan Ramis, Michael Pereira and Chori Castro from suspension for Saturday's visit of Barcelona.

Sergio Tejera (hamstring) and Marvin Ogunjimi (ankle) are both out, while Pedro Bigas is suspended.

Barcelona utility man Adriano is sidelined through a muscle injury sustained in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Granada.

The Brazilian's absence leaves coach Pep Guardiola with a selection headache in defence, with both Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano also unavailable through suspension.

Sergio Busquets could be pushed into defensive duty alongside Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique in a 3-4-3 formation, with Seydou Keita continuing in the holding midfield role.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Mallorca are on a four-game unbeaten run in La Liga (W2, D2).
  • The islanders have failed to score in just one of their last eight matches in La Liga.
  • Chico (pictured right) had a brief stint with the Barcelona B team in 2008, making 13 appearances and scoring two goals.
  • Barcelona are on a six-match winning streak in La Liga.
  • The Catalans have dropped 18 points this season, two at Camp Nou and 16 away from home.
  • Lionel Messi has netted an incredible 17 goals in his last seven games for Barca.

Editor's Prediction

Mallorca took a significant step towards securing their top-flight status with a hard-fought win at Sporting Gijon in midweek, but will be up against it against the free-scoring Catalans. The visitors can round out a perfect week for them by winning their seventh straight Liga match and really turning up the heat on leaders Real Madrid, who host Real Sociedad a couple of hours later.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Mallorca

Barcelona

Wins
0
0
5
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca MLL
Real Club Deportivo Mallorca Mallorca
Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Club Deportivo Mallorca MLL
1 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Real Club Deportivo Mallorca MLL
0 - 3
FC Barcelona FCB
Real Club Deportivo Mallorca MLL
0 - 4
FC Barcelona FCB

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