Two consecutive draws and four goals conceded in less than a week are good reasons for Barcelona to return to its passing game. The Catalans seemed distracted lately and took some opponents lightly, but they will probably exercise caution when facing Mallorca at Nou Camp tonight.
Match: Barcelona vs Mallorca
Bet: Mallorca +2 Goals Asian Handicap
Odds: Bet365 1.92
PSG deprived them of a valuable point in the last minutes of the first leg and now Barcelona needs to seal the deal in the return match that will be played on Wednesday. Home pitch advantage should do the trick, but they will need to have their best players fit to play, including the Argentinian superstar. Messi suffered an injury in France and will be kept on the bench today, to prevent a worsening of his condition.
The hosts will also be without goalkeeper Valdez, as he was sent off in the last match and will serve a suspension. His replacement has played only three games this season, but fortunately for Barcelona, the visitors are not a very offensive minded team. Mallorca needs to make the most of their home games while scrapping points away, but this is not the opponent to try to push into a corner. The visitors proved their worth against Real Madrid two weeks ago, but in the end the reigning champions proved to be more than a match for them. A similar performance against depleted Barcelona might bring them a rare point.
Mallorca could capitalize on their opponents lack of form and fitness, by playing smartly and trying to score mostly on counter-attack. Barcelona’s recent shift in objectives makes them vulnerable, but punters can decrease the chances they are taking by taking the cover of a 0:2 Asian Handicap with Bet365.