As long as Covid-19 allows, Real Mallorca and Barcelona will return from their winter break with a clash at the Visit Mallorca Stadium on Sunday night. Neither team will be at full strength, with the visitors looking like they’ll be right down to the bare bones if this game goes ahead.
Where and when: Visit Mallorca Stadium – 2 January, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Mallorca vs. Barcelona: La Liga TV
Last time: Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi were all on target as Barca beat Mallorca 4-0 in June of last year.
Real Mallorca v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
As players have returned from their winter break in Spain, positive coronavirus tests have emerged at an alarming rate. Barcelona’s count is well into double figures, while the Catalans could have almost 20 players absent from this game. Real Mallorca are also approaching double figures.
La Liga rules state that clubs must fulfil fixtures if they have a squad of 13 or more players at their disposal, with at least five first-team players available. Barca have Sergio Busquets suspended for this game, while Memphis Depay, Sergi Roberto, Martin Braithwaite, Ansu Fati and Pedri are all injury doubts.
Covid absentees for the visitors include Philippe Coutinho, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Ousmane Dembele and Samuel Umtiti, as well as Clement Lenglet, Sergino Dest, Pablo Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Ez Abde.
Mallorca, meanwhile, have also seen the likes of Jordi Mboula, Salva Sevilla, Aleksandar Sedlar and Jaume Costa test positive, along with Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Takefusa Kubo and Angel Rodriguez. Antonio Raíllo is also an injury doubt for the home team.
In light of all the chaos, the outcome of this Real Mallorca v Barcelona preview is more than a little up in the air. However, Barca are on a 10-match unbeaten run against Los Piratas, which should be kept in mind when considering betting options for this fixture. The Catalans have won nine of those games, including each of the last seven.
With that in mind, the visitors are the 23/20 favourites for the victory on Sunday night. However, the circumstances are out of the ordinary this weekend, and you may fancy Mallorca to break their 12-year duck against Barca by beating the severely-depleted Catalans here. They are 45/16 to do so, with the draw priced at 12/5.
One to watch for Real Mallorca: Dani Rodriguez is Los Bermellones’ top scored this season with just three goals to his name. He is 12/1 to open the scoring in these Real Mallorca v Barcelona predictions.
One to watch for Barcelona: Ferran Torres has joined Barcelona from Manchester City and will surely be thrust straight into the action from the start in light of his new team’s availability crisis. There’ll be instant pressure on his shoulders to perform, with the 21-year-old 32/5 to open his Barca account by breaking the deadlock here.
Long shot: Barca have scored 28 goals and conceded four across their seven most recent encounters with Mallorca, at an average of exactly four scored and 0.6 conceded. Los Piratas lost 4-1 in their last match before the break, with a repeat of that scoreline in favour of the visitors priced at 47/1 in these Real Mallorca v Barcelona tips. With de Jong scoring first, those odds rise to 287/1.