Barca vs Mallorca: Preview, team news & predictions


Barcelona will be looking for their sixth straight win in all competitions when they welcome Mallorca to Camp Nou on Saturday night.Ernesto Valverde’s side are currently top of La Liga with 31 points, while Mallorca sit just outside the relegation zone with 14 points to show from their 15 league matches this term.Team NewsThere are no new injuries for head coach Valverde to worry about, with the only absentees being Ousmane Dembele (Hamstring) who is expected to be out till February 2020, Jordi Alba (Muscle) with an unknown return date, and Nelson Semedo (Muscle) who could be in line to make a return.As for Mallorca, Lumor Agbenyenu is suspended after being sent off against Betis last weekend, while Cucho Hernandez and Iddrisu Baba are on the sidelines through injury.Josep Sene and Junior Lago could both come into the starting team, while there should once again be a spot for on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Takefusa Kubo.Head to HeadExpectedly, Barcelona have the advantage when it comes to fixtures between the pair and the Catalan giants have won 22 and drawn five of the 34 games played with Mallorca to date, scoring 71 goals and conceding 30.They have also won each of the last three fixtures against the Balearic Island by an aggregate scoreline of 11-2.Recent Form Barcelona have won four and lost one in their last five fixtures, while Mallorca have tasted victory just once with a draw plus three defeat from the previous same number of matches. Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, GriezmannMallorca possible starting lineup: Reina; Gamez, Valjent, Raillo, Sene; Sevilla, Lago, Kubo; Rodriguez, Budimir, FebasPrediction: Barcelona 5-1 Mallorca

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