Barcelona will play their penultimate match at the tail end of the La Liga season, and their last one this season in front of the Camp Nou crowd, on Sunday when they host Mallorca at 17:00 GMT.
After two consecutive losses in La Liga, albeit after they had clinched the title, Barcelona will be looking to bounce back to winning form in front of the home support. They will also look to avoid back-to-back home defeats in La Liga.
Mallorca are safe from relegation, sitting 12th on the table; they will look to bounce back with a win away to Barcelona as they look to end their season on a positive note with a win at Camp Nou.
Barcelona’s Bid to Avoid Three Consecutive Losses
Barcelona have lost their last two matches in La Liga. The first loss came in a home clash against Real Sociedad, which ended in a 1-2 reverse. The second match came on Tuesday away to Valladolid, where Barcelona came unstuck, losing 3-1 to the home side.
Xavi and his Blaugrana charges will be looking to ensure their season does not fizzle out, albeit having secured the La Liga title.
The focus for the manager will be to motivate the players to bring focus and determination to the remaining two games that they usually do, even if these clashes do not have any bearing on their season.
It will be a celebratory mood at Camp Nou on Sunday as Barcelona will play their last match in front of the home faithful before this season ends.
Therefore, Xavi will seek to have his charges play at their maximum, which will be highlighted by the strong team he is likely to choose against Mallorca.
Mallorca’s Midtable Comfort
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They have been on a rough run of matches. In their last five outings, they have won just once, drawn one, and lost three times. They have collected just four points and dropped 11 in this sequence of matches.
Javier Aguirre and his men will look to take advantage of Barcelona’s drop in performance levels after they won the league to score a famous win at Camp Nou.
Aguirre will also look to steady the team after they conceded three goals in their latest defeat away to Almeria last Saturday.
Xavi will be without two important players for the matchday squad heading into their penultimate game of the season.
Central midfielder Pedri will be unable to take part in the final home match of the season for the La Liga champions. The 20-year-old midfielder is facing thigh problems that have kept him out of two Barcelona matches since May 15, 2023.
Center-back Ronald Araujo is also sidelined with a calf injury.
Aguirre will be without right-back Giovanni Gonzalez. The 28-year-old fullback is on the sidelines because of a knee injury that has kept him out of action since April 3, 2023, thus missing 9 Mallorca matches.
M. ter Stegen; A. Balde, M. Alonso, A. Christensen, S. Roberto; F. de Jong, E. Garcia, Gavi; P. Torres, R. Lewandowski, Raphinha
P. Rajkovic; P. Maffeo, J. M. Copete, D. Hadzikadunic, M. Valhent, A. Snachez; K. Lee, D. Rodriguez, I. Baba, Amath; V. Muriqi
Barcelona will look to dominate the match, playing at home. They will boss the midfield and create better chances.
Mallorca will be compact in their approach. They will defend narrow and deeper and look to launch fast transition attacks.
Barcelona will bounce back to winning ways and take the three points on offer.
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