La Liga Preview: Mallorca - Barcelona
The Catalan giant 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
By Karthick Arvinth
Ximo, Geromel, Conceicao, Bigas
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.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Mallorca is on a five-match losing streak in La Liga - its 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 has won all five of its away matches to date in La Liga this term.
- With nine wins and a draw, the Catalan giant has made its best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
- Lionel Messi (pictured, right) is one strike short of equaling Pele's record of 75 goals in a calendar year, which the Brazilian set in 1959.
Top 3 Predictions
Mallorca 0-5 Barcelona
- 14.17 %
Mallorca 1-3 Barcelona
- 10.82 %
Mallorca 0-3 Barcelona
- 9.93 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||Apr 6, 2013||Barcelona 5 - Mallorca 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Nov 11, 2012||Mallorca 2 - Barcelona 4|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Mar 24, 2012||Mallorca 0 - Barcelona 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Oct 29, 2011||Barcelona 5 - Mallorca 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Feb 26, 2011||Mallorca 0 - Barcelona 3|
|Jun 1, 2013||Mallorca 4 - Valladolid 2||LIGA|
|May 26, 2013||Atletico Madrid 0 - Mallorca 0||LIGA|
|May 20, 2013||Mallorca 1 - Betis 0||LIGA|
|May 11, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 2 - Mallorca 1||LIGA|
|May 5, 2013||Mallorca 1 - Levante 1||LIGA|
|19||Josep Lluis Martí||Midfielder|
|1||Juan Calatayud Sánchez||Goalkeeper|
|-||Andreu Fontàs Prat||Defender|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
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