La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Mallorca
The champions have yet to concede a goal at home this season on domestic duties, and welcome a side who held them to a 1-1 draw last year
Alves, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Thiago
Messi, Cesc, Villa
Cendros, Victor, Ramis, Bigas
Pereira, Nsue, Castro
Cesc Fabregas is back in action, and is likely to start against a side who have struggled for form this season. Pedro is defintely out after injuring himself in the midweek defeat of Granada, while Gerard Pique is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be risked.
Alexis Sanchez remains sidelined with a longer-term hamstring problem, and Ibrahim Afellay is also out long-term with a cruciate injury.
Mallorca remain winless in their last three outings and have recently suffered a change of coach when Michael Laudrup was replaced in the dugout by former Athletic Bilbao boss Joaquin Caparros.
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- Barcelona's impeccable home record was brought to an end by Sevilla last weekend, who held the champions to a 0-0 draw.
- Their home record, however, remains 21 goals scored in five matches, with none against.
- Barcelona haven't conceded in their last seven matches; their last concession was versus Valencia in a 2-2 draw on September 21.
- Mallorca recently disposed of former Barcelona playmaker Michael Laudrup after a poor run of results. Joaquin Caparros is now in the dugout.
- The Islanders secured a surprising 1-1 draw at Camp Nou last season, with Emilio Nsue cancelling out Lionel Messi's curling effort.
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Top 3 Predictions
FC Barcelona 5-0 Mallorca
- 20.21 %
FC Barcelona 3-0 Mallorca
- 18.52 %
FC Barcelona 4-0 Mallorca
- 15.33 %
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Apr 6, 2013||FC Barcelona 5 - Mallorca 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Nov 11, 2012||Mallorca 2 - FC Barcelona 4|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Mar 24, 2012||Mallorca 0 - FC Barcelona 2|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Oct 29, 2011||FC Barcelona 5 - Mallorca 0|
|Spain - Primera Division (LIGA)||Feb 26, 2011||Mallorca 0 - FC Barcelona 3|
|Mar 8, 2014||Valladolid 1 - FC Barcelona 0||LIGA|
|Mar 2, 2014||FC Barcelona 4 - Almeria 1||LIGA|
|Feb 22, 2014||Real Sociedad 3 - FC Barcelona 1||LIGA|
|Feb 18, 2014||Manchester City FC 0 - FC Barcelona 2||UCL|
|Feb 15, 2014||FC Barcelona 6 - Rayo Vallecano 0||LIGA|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
|19||Josep Lluis Martí||Midfielder|
|3||Joao de Albuquerque Bruno||Midfielder|
|1||Juan Calatayud Sánchez||Goalkeeper|
Likely to start the contest after a period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and with Messi slightly misfiring, the former Arsenal man can fill the void and plug Barca's scoring gap with an influential performance against the Islanders.
The Israeli striker has been deadly from the penalty spot in recent weeks, but will need to do much, much more for his side in this contest to ensure that they leave Camp Nou with a positive result.
After a frustrating draw versus Sevilla and a workmanlike display against Granada, the onus is on the champions to turn on the style once again, and they are likely to do so against a Sporting side completely devoid of confidence.
Times In BST
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