La Liga leaders Barcelona head to the Iberostar Stadium to face relegation-threatened Mallorca. We preview this clash that could see Barca go five points clear.
Who is playing?
RCD Mallorca vs FC Barcelona
What competition is it?
Spanish La Liga Matchday 28
What time is RCD Mallorca vs FC Barcelona?
21:00 GMT, Saturday 13th June 2020
Where do RCD Mallorca play?
Iberostar Stadium, Mallorca, Spain.
Where can I watch RCD Mallorca vs FC Barcelona?
Thoughts on RCD Mallorca vs FC Barcelona
It’s the first game back for the Catalonians as leaders Barca look to see off the threat of Real Madrid. If they can maintain first position at the end of the season, Barcelona will secure a 27th La Liga title in their history. A back-to-back-to-back reign over their bitter rivals would be a glorious start to Quique Setién’s career at the iconic football club. They are travelling outside of mainland Spain to Mallorca, who desperately need points. The Balearic Islands-based side are in the relegation zone on 25 points, and will not want to head back down to the Segunda Division. This is their first season back in La Liga after time away in both the second and third division under Vicente Moreno. Both teams could be rusty, but Barca should eventually get a breakthrough. They have not lost to Mallorca since 2009.
A tough run-in for The Vermilions
The prime goal from now until the end of the season for Vicente Moreno’s men is to stay up. They are currently holding the final relegation place in La Liga. However, the hosts have a chance leap out if results go their way and they can hold off a brilliant Barca side. Just before the enforced break, The Vermillions secured a huge 1-0 at Eibar, just their first away league win of the season.
The break stopped a nice small run of games for Mallorca. The islanders only lost one of their last four league games, including a win over Alaves and a 3-3- thriller with Real Betis. They are much better at home than away, with a 1.42 home PPG, much better than their abysmal 0.38 away PPG.
Will squad depth and Messi injury issues be a problem?
The big talk is how the two giants of Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will get on in the run-in for the title. The Catalonia-based side have two points and a better goal difference on their rivals. However, a noteworthy injury to Lionel Messi could mean he is not 100% ready for the first game back.
A change in management despite results being fairly standard and expected saw Quique Setién replace Ernesto Valverde in January. The former Real Betis boss hasn’t quite got the side back to their usual best, but an enforced break and plenty of time in training could help improve their performances. He will need to improve his sides results away from home, with Barcelona attaining just 1.38 away PPG so far. All five of their defeats in the league this season have come away from home.
Mallorca recent matches:
- Eibar (a) 1-2 win
- Getafe (h) 0-1 defeat
- Real Betis (a) 3-3 draw
- Alaves (h) 1-0 win
Barcelona recent matches:
- Real Sociedad (h) 1-0 win
- Real Madrid (a) 2-0 defeat
- Napoli (a) 1-1 draw
- Eibar (h) 5-0 win
Mallorca top scorers:
- Ante Budimir (Striker) – 9 La Liga goals
- Daniel Rodriguez (Striker) – 5 La Liga goals
Barcelona top scorers:
- Lionel Messi (Striker) – 19 La Liga goals
- Luis Suarez (Striker) – 11 La Liga goals
|7th December 2019||BAR 5-2 MAL||La Liga|
|13th April 2019||BAR 5-0 MAL||La Liga|
|2nd September 2018||MAL 2-4 BAR||La Liga|
|12th May 2018||MAL 0-2 BAR||La Liga|
|6th January 2018||BAR 5-0 MAL||La Liga|
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