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Primera División

  • October 29, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Mallorca

La Liga Preview: Barcelona v Mallorca

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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA


Valdes

Alves, Mascherano, Adriano
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Thiago
Messi, Cesc, Villa


MALLORCA


Aouate
Cendros, Victor, Ramis, Bigas
Pina, Tejera
Pereira, Nsue, Castro
Hemed

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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
21AdrianoDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
22Daniel AlvesDefender
16BusquetsMidfielder
-Seydou KeitaMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
10MessiStriker
39Isaac CuencaStriker
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
27Gerard DeulofeuStriker
5Carles PuyolDefender
3PiquéDefender
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
2MontoyaDefender
13Dudú AouateGoalkeeper
-Pablo CendrósDefender
4ChicoDefender
21Iván RamisDefender
17BigasMidfielder
23Fernando TissoneMidfielder
19Josep Lluis MartíMidfielder
3Joao de Albuquerque BrunoMidfielder
18Chory CastroMidfielder
27ÁlvaroStriker
8NsueStriker
16Tomer HemedStriker
7Michael PereiraMidfielder
19Ví­ctorStriker
21AlfaroStriker
-Martí CrespíDefender
2Gianni ZuiverloonDefender
1Juan Calatayud SánchezGoalkeeper
Players to Watch
Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fàbregas
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Tomer Hemed
Tomer Hemed
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
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