RCD Mallorca vs Barcelona Preview, Team News and Lineups La Liga 13-06-2020
The reigning champions, Barcelona were able to move top of the table in the last round before the break
And their main objective would be to restart strong and consolidate their advantage over bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Barca boss Quique Satien’s men have had a slightly bouncing campaign so far, yet in recent times
if we exclude the defeats in El Clasico for 2-0 and the one away to Valencia, they have won six of their last eight games.
Meanwhile, Everything is still to be played for Mallorca who are in the relegation zone, but only a point away from Celta
Before the break, their form has been decent with only one defeat against Getafe in their last four matches, with two wins.
The key to survival would be to find some consistency, especially when playing at home where they have been alternating a good game to a less convincing one for a while now.
The main problem for the Catalans has been one the road where they have dropped far too many points for their status.
This is a potential banana skin right after the break so they would have to be very careful.
When playing at the Son Moix, Mallorca have won six of their fourteen matches played, with two draws and six defeats.
As mentioned before, Barcelona’s away performances have been inconsistent as they have won only five times on the road, with three draws and five losses.
Team News & Lineups
Messi had given Barca a scare by picking up a minor thigh injury last week, but the Argentina international has been declared fit including Suarez
Griezmann is expected to join Messi and Suarez in attack, while Arturo Vidal could get the nod to feature in midfield over both Arthur and Ivan Rakitic.
Further back, Clement Lenglet’s suspension will open the door for Samuel Umtiti to start
while Sergi Roberto is expected to get the nod at right-back due to the uncertainty surrounding Nelson Semedo’s involvement.
Dani Rodriguez is expected to keep his spot in a wide position, while Juan Hernandez and Ante Budimir should feature as the front two, having scored 11 league goals between them this term.
Barca will again be without the services of Ousmane Dembele due to a long-term hamstring injury, but Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are both fit for the champions this weekend.
Barca player, Semedo is due to undergo another coronavirus test ahead of the contest
Because he allegedly broken rules when it comes to large gatherings by attending a birthday party with 19 other people.
Mallorca possible starting lineup:
Reina; Gamez, Raillo, Valjent, Pozo; Kubo, Baba, Sevilla, Rodriguez; Hernandez, Budimir
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Vidal; Griezmann, Suarez, Messi