Mallorca v Barcelona Sat 17:00
In what has been an inspiring turn in form, Mallorca appear to have put themselves back in contention for a mid-table finish just weeks after being involved in a fight against relegation but they are still long odds with Bet365 to shock their Catalan opponents today.
However, that bid may hit a snag when they welcome Barcelona to the Iberostar Stadium on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side coincidentally enough find themselves back in competition for a target that would have seemed far off a month ago also, following the recent slip-ups of Real Madrid.
Los Blancos have drawn their last two league outings, meaning that Barça are now just six points off the top of the table pace compared to the ten point gap they were held at just over a week ago.
The Catalan giants are showing no signs of letting up in their pursuit either, winning their last eight games in a row.
Lionel Messi is one particular talisman breaking down all sorts of records and barriers set before him and would appear to be a leading force for the current champions who don’t seem keen on letting go of the La Liga title.
Mallorca have momentum swinging in their favour too however and are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run stretching back to late February.
This streak includes consecutive draws against Valencia and Osasuna as well as a victory over Atletico Madrid and Sporting Gijon.
That being said, Joaquin Caparrós’ side will need to up the pressure when going forward this weekend if they are to come away from their scrape against Barcelona with points intact.
Los Bermellones have scored just 1.11 goals per game on average this season and will need to unearth new flair against Barça, who boast the third best away defence in the Spanish top flight.
Real will face off against Real Sociedad this weekend and should they fail to come away with all three points, Barcelona will undoubtedly be on hand to close that gap.