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FC Barcelona will travel to the Iberostar Stadium to play it’s first game of the New Year, against Mallorca, in the ongoing La Liga season.
26 times La Liga Champions are struggling a bit this season, and are currently on the 7th spot after 18 games. However, only 2 points separate the team from the 4th placed Rayo Vallecano, and a win against Mallorca will catapult Barcelona into the top 4. The team has lacked consistency so far and has failed to pick up 3 points against lower rung teams like Cadiz, Alaves, and Celta Vigo.
Mallorca, which is playing in the top flight for just the second time in the past 8 seasons, will be pretty delighted with its performance so far. The team sits at 15th place with 20 points and has a 5 point cushion against entering the relegation zone. If they can hold Barcelona to draw, the team can move up to 14th place, ahead of Celta Vigo.
Match prediction and betting tips for FC Barcelona vs RCD Mallorca La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Visit Mallorca Stadium, Mallorca, on the 2nd of January, 2022.
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has a lot of problems staring at him as he gets ready for this encounter. A number of players from his squad are suffering from CoViD, and are currently isolating. It is expected that players like Dani Alves, Jordi Alba, Gavi, Ousmane Dembele, and Clement Lenglet won’t be available for selection. Sergio Busquets will be serving a suspension, while Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, and Martin Braithwaite are recovering from injuries.
In fact, Barca has just 9 first team members available for selection. This means that Xavi will have to rely on B team members like Ferran Jutgla and Nico Gonzalez and Mika Marmol to produce some good play.
Mallorca is also dealing with an outbreak within its team and will be missing players like Mboula, Matthew Hoppe, Aleksander Sedlar, Takefusa Kubo, and Angel Rodriguez. This will provide an opportunity for Javier Llabres, Josep Gaya, and Brian Olivan to showcase their talent at the top level.
Mallorca is certainly considered to be minnows against Barcelona, but the team has played well at home this season, and lost just once in 9 games. With Barcelona featuring a hugely depleted squad, the contest promises to be an engaging one. The odds available on the upset here are just too good to pass up. We think it is worth taking the risk and backing the underdog.
Bet on RCD Mallorca to win.