Mallorca - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana plot recovery from Champions League debacle

The Catalan giants crashed to a shock defeat against Celtic on Wednesday and will hope to bounce back by registering a fourth successive Liga win in the Balearic Islands


Ximo, Geromel, Conceicao, Bigas
Fontas, Pina
Nsue, Victor, Pereira

Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Fabregas, Messi, Pedro

Mallorca will be without Giovani dos Santos for Sunday's Primera Division match against Barcelona after the Mexican picked up a thigh injury in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna. Nunes, Antonio Lopez, Joao Victor (all knee) and Javi Marquez (ankle) are out, but right-back Ximo (knee) could return.

Gerard Pique could make his first start for Barcelona since September after recovering from an ankle injury to play 20 minutes of the club's Champions League defeat at Celtic.

Captain Carles Puyol (elbow) has returned to training and could be available for first-team action shortly, while Adriano (hamstring), Thiago Alcantara and Isaac Cuenca (both knee) remain sidelined.

  • Mallorca are on a five-match losing streak in La Liga - their worst run of results since the 1991-92 season, when they lost seven in a row.
  • The Islanders have lost five of their last six league encounters with Barcelona.
  • Mallorca's last home win over Barca was a 2-1 success in May 2009.
  • Barcelona have won all five of their away matches to date in La Liga this term.
  • With nine wins and a draw, the Catalan giants have made their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
  • Lionel Messi (pictured, right) is one strike short of equalling Pele's record of 75 goals in a calendar year, which the Brazilian set in 1959.