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La Liga action resumes with Barcelona holding a two-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Real Madrid. They get to put some further pressure on Real here, with Los Blancos continuing their season a day later.
Mallorca is one of the teams who always performs better at home than away, so the current situation, where games will be played without fans, will be fascinating to watch regarding them. Vicente Moreno’s side has picked up 20 of their 25 points at home this season, winning just once on the road.
Barcelona have been sweating over Lionel Messi’s status, but the Argentine superstar has resumed full training following an injury and he’s fully expected to play. Messi scored a hat trick in this season’s reverse fixture when Barca won at the Camp Nou 5-2. He’s been ruthless against Mallorca throughout his career, notching 15 goals ineight games.
Barca have won six straight games in the matchup, scoring five goals on three occasions. Mallorca last managed to beat them in 2009 when they came from 1-0 down to take a lead and Samuel Eto’o missed a late penalty for Barcelona. The last draw between the two was played out in 2010.