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The leaders are back home looking for a big win to stay top of the table just 10 days before El Clásico

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UEFA Champions League”FC Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund”

FC Barcelona (1st, 31pts) vs RCD Mallorca (17th, 14pts)*


*Points and positions at the time of writing on Friday

Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 16

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Nélson Semedo, Jordi Alba, Ousmane Dembélé, Arthur, Ansu Fati (out)

Mallorca Outs & Doubts: Marc Pedraza, Lumor Abenyenu (out), Lago Junior (doubt)

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

How to watch on TV: How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Premier Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Not Available (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

How to stream: FuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), others


After a great 1-0 win against Atlético Madrid and a full week of training, Barcelona are back in action in La Liga with a home game against relegation candidates Mallorca, and Barça are big favorites to win this one.

Consider these facts: Barça have won all six games at home, best record in the league; Mallorca have lost all six games on the road, worst record in the league. Barça have the best home attack in the league; Mallorca have the third-worst defense. Barça are unbeaten in five; Mallorca have won one of their last six.

Barça have dominated bad teams at home this season, and with Lionel Messi getting better with every game and the defense finally looking somewhat competent it is hard to expect anything but a great win. The thing is the win also has to come with a great performance, because El Clásico is just 10 days away and Barça must be in top shape to win that game.

Go out, face a bad team, dominate. That’s your job this weekend, Barça. Do it.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann

Mallorca (4-3-3): Reina; Sastre, Valjent, Raíllo, Gámez; Febas, Baba, Sevilla; Rodríguez, Budimir, Kubo


I’m expecting a good performance with plenty of goals: 4-0 Barça.