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  • November 11, 2012
  • • 16:50
  • • Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca
  • Referee: Ignacio Iglesias
  • • Attendance: 15500
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Mallorca - Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana plot recovery from Champions League debacle

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

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MALLORCA

Aouate
Ximo, Geromel, Conceicao, Bigas
Fontas, Pina
Nsue, Victor, Pereira
Hemed
BARCELONA

Valdes
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 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.

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Available Squads
13Dudú AouateGoalkeeper
4Anderson ConceiçãoDefender
3Pedro GeromelDefender
17BigasMidfielder
27XimoDefender
5Tomás PinaMidfielder
7Michael PereiraMidfielder
19Josep Lluis MartíMidfielder
8NsueStriker
16Tomer HemedStriker
19Ví­ctorStriker
1Juan Calatayud SánchezGoalkeeper
29KevinDefender
3Andreu Fontàs PratDefender
9AlfaroStriker
10ArizmendiStriker
-Marc FernándezStriker
-BrandonStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
14Javier MascheranoMidfielder
5BusquetsMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
10MessiStriker
37TelloStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
2MontoyaDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
25Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
7PedroStriker
Players to Watch
Andreu Fontàs Prat
Andreu Fontàs Prat
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
After an injury-hit 2011-12 campaign, the La Masia graduate was deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and loaned out to Mallorca, where he has been employed predominantly as a defensive midfielder. Fontas will be keen to impress against his parent club and help his team get out of their rut by disrupting the visitors' passing game.
Piqué
Piqué
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The defender's return from injury is a huge boost to the Liga leaders, who have struggled to keep clean sheets in the absence of their first-choice centre-backs. Tito Vilanova will hope Pique can help shore up a backline that has shipped nine goals in its last five Liga outings.
Prediction
Given their ability to fashion chances almost at will, Barcelona will not be overly concerned by their midweek defeat against Celtic. It might be another tough day for Mallorca, who will have to produce a drastically improved performance to avoid a sixth successive defeat.
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