Barcelona will clash heads with Mallorca at the Visit Mallorca Stadium on Saturday night as they look to earn a win on the road. The Catalan giants managed to secure an impressive 3-0 victory over Elche before the international break which will give them some confidence ahead of this La Liga contest this weekend.
Xavi is expected to set his side up in a 4-3-3 formation and will be forced to make some changes to his starting XI due to injuries. Ansu Fati, Andreas Christensen and Gerard Pique will all play from the start of this game.
4-3-3 Barcelona Predicted Lineup To Face Mallorca
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will once again play as Barca’s first-team keeper after he kept a clean sheet in his last league appearance. Gerard Pique could get a rare chance to impress along with Andreas Christensen at the heart of Xavi’s defence. They will focus on stopping the opposition from finding the back of the net throughout the 90 minutes.
Eric Garcia will fill in as a makeshift right-back while Alejandro Balde hopes to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Both of them need to be adventurous with their runs going forward and will be responsible for keeping a good defensive shape at the back as well.
Both Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo will be sidelined for this La Liga match due to injuries.
Xavi could opt for a midfield comprised of Pedri, Franck Kessie and Gavi as they try to dominate possession at the centre of the park and create some inviting opportunities in the Mallorca half.
Kessie has to find a way to anchor the midfield well for Barca in the injury absence of Frenkie de Jong.
Sergio Busquets will be named on the bench as he waits for his shot to come on as a second-half substitute if required.
Ansu Fati will hope to catch the eye as the left-sided wide player while Raphinha focused on weaving his magic from the right.
Robert Lewandowski will once again lead the charge for Barcelona up top. The Polish centre-forward would be confident about his chances of getting his name on the scoresheet versus Mallorca this weekend.
Ousmane Dembele will be available for selection on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the final quarter if Xavi decides to call upon his services. However, Memphis Depay is unlikely to be risked in this match as he is still recovering from a thigh injury.