Fresh from winning a historic sixth Ballon d’Or title, Lionel Messi will lead Barcelona to yet another La Liga fixture at the Camp Nou. The defending champions will be up against Mallorca.
Barca have now won their last five matches in all competitions having entered last weekend’s clash with Atletico off the back of a 3-1 success over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, which saw them book their spot in the knockout round of the competition with a game to spare.
Since losing 3-1 at Levante at the start of November, Valverde’s side has picked up nine points from a possible nine in the league, recording wins over Celta Vigo, Leganes and Atletico.
Mallorca have only won one of their last six in the league, which came at home to Villarreal on November 10. They did beat Real Madrid on home soil earlier this season but have lost their last two to Levante and Real Betis.
It is a tough ask to expect Vicente Moreno’s side to pick up a positive result on Saturday night, particularly when considering that they were thumped 5-0 during their last visit to Camp Nou in April 2013.
Barca will again be without the services of full-backs Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba through injury, while Ousmane Dembele is out until the early stages of 2020 with a hamstring problem.
The Spanish champions have no fresh injury concerns from the win over Atletico last weekend, though, while Sergio Busquets is available having missed out against Atletico through suspension.
There are not expected to be many alterations from the team that started against Diego Simeone’s side, with Antoine Griezmann again joining Luis Suarez and Messi in the final third.
Barcelona is in a good run of form and that should continue especially at home where they are expected to score lots of goals.
TIP: Barcelona to score more than three goals @2.43