BAR vs MRC Dream11: Barcelona will be looking to keep Real Madrid at 2nd place when they host one of the new boys in La Liga RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou. The Catalan giants are on a five-game winning streak in all competitions, while Mallorca lost three times in the last four league games. Not the sort of momentum you would want to go with to play at one of the toughest stadiums in the world.
Barcelona: The campaign has not been a plain smooth ride. There have been losses which, for the umpteenth time since Barca's capitulation at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League semifinal 2nd leg, tossed Ernesto Valverde's future into thin air. And a few streaks which eased the pressure on Valverde fir the time being. Barca are on such run at this moment, as they come into this game with four straight wins in La Liga and five in all competitions. If Barca beat Mallorca at Camp Nou, it will be the best run in the league for Barca this season.
For RCD Mallorca, the target is the same as it was and will be for any promoted team, and that is to pass the first-season hurdle, to avoid the immediate drop. So far, Mallorca have done reasonably well, as they are, not only out of the bottom three but have fared better than the established teams like Celta Vigo, Espanyol and Leganes, with all of them in bottom three at the moment.
But that could be a bad sign for Mallorca. Vigo and Espanyol have the big roster, with better players, at least on paper, so it is expected that both these teams will eventually go on a good run of results. The picture will be more after a few weeks, as Mallorca are set to go on a tough fixture list.
Visitors: RCD Mallorca
Competition: La Liga
Match Venue: Camp Nou
Match Timing: Sunday, December 08, @01:30 AM
Barcelona: Won 0-1 away against Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi scored the 86th-minute winner. It was their fourth successive win in the league.
RCD Mallorca: Lost 1-2 at home against Real Betis.
How high the odds can be against a team? Well, Mallorca are clearly the ultimate underdog in this game as they are valued inordinately at 19.00. Barcelona are the favourites with almost 90% chance of them winning this game.
Barcelona to win: 1.12 (3/25), Probability to happen: 89.29%
RCD Mallorca to win: 19.00 (18/1), Probability to happen: 5.26%
Draw: 9.00 (8/1), Probability to happen: 11.11%
Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique
RCD Mallorca: Fran Gamez, Daniel Rodriguez, Takefusa Kubo
Lionel Messi: 09 goals
Luis Suarez: 07 goals
Arturo Vidal: 04 goals
Lago Junior: 04 goals
Dani Rodriguez: 03 goals
Ante Budimir: 03 goals
Barcelona team news:
Status out: Nelson Semedo, Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba, Arthur, Ansu Fati
Status questionable- None.
Goalkeeper: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Neto
Defenders: Gerard Piqué, Lenglet, Moussa Wague, Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Todibo
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie De Jong, Arturo Vidal
Attackers: Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi,, Griezmann, Aleñá, Carles Pérez
RCD Mallorca team news:
Status out: Marc Pedraza, Lumor Agbenyenu (suspended due to yellow cards)
Status questionable- Lago Junior.
RCD Mallorca squad:
Goalkeeper: Reina, Fabricio
Defenders: Joan Sastre, Fran Gámez, Xisco, Raíllo, Valjent, Sedlar
Midfielders: Señé, Baba, Salva Sevilla, Dani Rodríguez, Aleix Febas, Take Kubo
Attackers: Cucho’ Hernández, Abdón Prats, Pablo Chavarría, Ante Budimir
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo,; De Jong, Busquets, Vidal, Messi, Suarez, Griezmann
RCD Mallorca: Reina (GK), Gamez, Valjent, Raillo, Sene, Sevilla, Lago, Kubo, Rodriguez, Budimir, Febas
Goalkeeper: M Reina
Defenders: J Firpo, Lenglet, Pique
Midfielders: F D Jong, Baba, Sevilla, D Vazquez
Forwards: Suarez, Griezmann (VC), Messi (C)
Barcelona are favourites to win the game.