Lionel Messi and Barcelona resume their La Liga title defence at Mallorca. The champions have an opportunity to extend their lead over Real Madrid to five points with their rivals hosting Eibar on Sunday.
While the Argentine has overcome a knock, Quique Setien will be delighted to welcome back Luis Suarez too: ”He (Messi) is doing perfectly and will not have any problem,” said coach Quique Setien. He (Suarez) is better than we expected. But the question is how ready he is after so long out and whether he is ready to start.”
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Quique Setien’s side will be hoping to get back down to business after the prolonged period of inactivity. Barca entered the lockdown period on the back of a 1-0 over Sociedad, a bounce back result after their 2-0 loss away to Real Madrid in the El Clasico at the beginning of March.
The Catalan giants have actually won five of their last six league matches, and have dominated their recent meetings with Mallorca, scoring five times in each of their last two clashes.
With matches against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid still to come Barca will want to send a message tonight and extend their lead at the top of the table to five points.
But back to tonight’s fixture. Mallorca are only a point off 17th placed Celta Vigo and were in good form prior to the shutdown of La Liga due to coronavirus.
They had lost just once in their last four games, with victories in two of them including a 2-1 success at Eibar in their last match.
With Barca’s away form less than stellar this season, by their standards, Mallorca will be hoping to get something out of the game.
However, the home side have lost their last six La Liga matches against the champions and have not beaten Barcelona in the league since May 2009.
So it’ll be a tough task.
Sevilla emerged 2-0 winners there.
Granada beat Getafe 2-1
Valencia drew 1-1 with ten-man Levante
Espanyol defeated 10-man Alaves 2-0
Celta Vigo were beaten 1-0 by visitors Villarreal
Real Valladolid are leading hosts Leganes 1-0 with half an hour gone
Barca, meanwhile, have a two-point lead over rivals Real Madrid at the top of the table, and will be looking to extend that ahead of Los Blancos‘ game against Eibar tomorrow.
Mallorca, 18th in the table, host the match and will be hoping to stage a major upset to climb out of the relegation zone.
Welcome to The Independent‘s coverage of tonight’s La Liga fixture between league leaders Barcelona and Mallorca!
When is it and what time does it start?
The match will begin at 9pm at Estadi de Son Moix on Saturday 13 June.
How can I watch it online and on TV?
All La Liga matches will be available free to Sky customers via LaLigaTV on channel 435.
What is the team news?
Mallorca will be without Leonardo Koutris and Lumor Agbenyenu, but Salva Sevilla will be available for selection having served his suspension.
Lionel Messi has been declared fit after an injury scare, however, Ousmane Dembele remains injured. Clement Lenglet is suspended.
What are the predicted line-ups?
Mallorca: Reina; Gamez, Raillo, Valjent, Pozo; Kubo, Baba, Sevilla, Rodriguez; Hernandez, Budimir
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Vidal; Griezmann, Suarez, Messi
What are the odds?
Mallorca – 11/1
Draw – 11/2
Barcelona – 3/10