Making their return to action with their sights set on widening their buffer at the top of the La Liga table, Barcelona will make the trip to an empty Iberostar Estadi on Saturday night.
Entering the enforced break with a 1-0 win against top-four contenders Real Sociedad back in March, the defending champions make their return this weekend with a single point advantage over Los Blancos.
On the flip side, while Barcelona might be enjoying their own battle at the top of the table, Mallorca find themselves in their own scrap at the other end.
Despite being last seen picking up a 2-1 win away at Eibar, the La Liga returners still find themselves stuck in the bottom-three and with an unenviable return to action this weekend.
Hit with a 5-2 drumming when they made the trip to Catalonia earlier in the season, Mallorca have lost each of their last six meetings against the European giants, shipping five goals in back-to-back defeats. You might be interested to know that another Barcelona win and over 4.5 goals can be found priced at 10/3 with Bet365.
Mission Impossible for Mallorca?
Managing to hold onto what was a precious 2-1 win away at Eibar before entering the enforced break, there is no doubt that Mallorca simply have their sights set on extending their La Liga status this season.
However, making their return to action with an unenviable run that also sees them play both Real Madrid and Villarreal over the next fortnight, Los Bermellones still find themselves sat a single point adrift of safety.
Looking to mount what would be a great escape this season, Head Coach Vicente Moreno will be desperate for his side to find a far more clinical edge on home soil.
Putting in a woeful display back in February and hit with a shock 1-0 defeat at home against Real Valladolid, Saturday’s hosts have now managed to record just a single La Liga strike at the Iberostar Estadi in almost 300 minutes of action.
With leading marksman Ante Budimir recording just a single strike in his previous six top-flight outings, the relegation scrappers can be found priced at 11/10 with Coral to draw another blank this weekend.
Messi to steal the show?
Despite opening March with a 2-0 defeat away at Real Madrid, Barcelona still find themselves sat in pole position to lift a third consecutive La Liga title after entering the enforced break with a victory over top-four chasers Real Sociedad.
Although Quique Setién’s men might have struggled with their consistency throughout the year, the one-time Real Betis boss does have one talisman who has enjoyed another stunning campaign in Catalonia.
Including putting four past Eibar prior to the break and netting 19 strikes this season, Lionel Messi once again leads the race for yet another La Liga Golden Boot, sitting five goals clear of Los Blancos’ marksman, Karim Benzema.
Bagging a hat-trick when Barcelona landed a 5-2 romp against Mallorca back in December, you might be interested to know that Messi can be found pencilled in at 7/4 with Ladbrokes to bag at least a brace this weekend.
However, while Setién might have announced that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is raring to make his return on Saturday, it appears that Barca’s trip to the Iberostar Estadi might come a week too soon for Luis Suarez.