Barcelona VS Mallorca LIVE Match Score 2 Oct 2022
Barcelona travel east to the Balearic Islands to face Mallorca in La Liga on Satuday evening. Mallorca is a poignant opponent for Xavi Hernandez. The Catalan-born midfielder made the first of his 767 appearances for Barcelona against the island outfit, marking his competitive debut with a goal for Louis van Gaal’s side. Here’s the XI Xavi may watch on from the dugout against Mallorca this weekend.
The match starts at 9:00 PM CEST on Saturday at Visit Mallorca Estadi. Real Mallorca have experienced differing results recently, both winning and losing matches but head into this clash with the home advantage. In comparison, the visitors Barça have had five consecutive wins and are also one of the top three teams in the standings. Real Mallorca and Barça’s most recent LaLiga encounter took place on May 1, 2022 and the match ended in a win for Mallorca. Real Mallorca’s goals have totaled six in the last 10 matches they’ve played against one another, compared to Barça’s 32.
Real Mallorca step into this game positioned in the 10th seat as of today with a record of two wins, two losses, and two draws over 6 games. The club has notched up some well earned wins alongside some damaging losses and have netted a total of 6 so far. This has predominantly been thanks to the executional abilities of Vedat Muriqi, who has three goals, and Pablo Maffeo who has one. The team has conceded 7. In their most recent match, Real Mallorca outplayed Almería 1-0.
Barça head into this match with 16 points. They are in the 2nd position and their record right now has seen them bring in five wins and one draw over the course of 6 matches. The team has won five games in a row and they have scored a total of 18 goals so far, yielding 1. Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele, their top players, have scored eight and two respectively. In their previous match on Saturday, Barça took all three points from Elche CF 3-0.
La Liga contenders Barcelona look to remain undefeated when they travel to face Mallorca on Saturday on Matchday 7. Barca are 5-1-0 on the campaign with 18 goals scored, while the hosts find themselves in 10th place with a 2-2-2 record and an encouraging start after flirting with relegation last season. Xavi’s men enter a tricky stretch of the season following this game as they’ll face Inter Milan twice, Bayern Munich once, Real Madrid in El Clasico, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia all in October.
Mallorca: Amath Ndiaye is dealing with a hand injury that has seen him miss six matches. Meanwhile, center midfielder Antonio Sanchez already has four red cards in six games. One more, and he’ll serve a one-match suspension.
Barca: Ronald Araujo is set to be sidelined for three months with an adductor injury, while fellow center back Jules Kounde has an Achilles injury. Frenkie de Jong (muscle), Memphis Depay (thigh) and Hector Bellerin (muscle) are all dealing with minor knocks.
After a week when it was reported that Sir Elton John doesn’t eat lettuce – turns out he’s a rocket man ! – Real Mallorca get back to La Liga business tomorrow night (Saturday, October 1) against some Catalan outfit called Barcelona in a sold-out Son Moix at 9pm !
Our four international players, Muriqi, Valjent, Baba and Kang In Lee, are expected to be back after playing in the Nations League (Muriqi/Valjent) and friendlies (Baba/Kang In Lee), and hopefully will be ready to play high scoring Barcelona who look likely to be minus lots of top players. Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde have suffered long-term injuries whilst on international duty and Dutch stars Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are very doubtful, plus Dembele will have a late fitness test. Without a doubt these absentees would affect any team but Barcelona have quality replacements and have more strikers than Network Rail !
I’m looking forward to seeing the new breed of “Barça boys,” Pedri, Ansu Fati and Gavi. All three are full Spanish internationals and it’s Gavi that I think could be the player we upset the most. Even at the tender age of 18, he’s one of the niggliest players in La Liga and his name is regularly in the referee’s notebook.
However, his temperament aside, he has a buy out clause at Barcelona of one BILLION euros !! Despite him not being the fizziest drink in the fridge, when it comes to him curbing his aggression, he plays with his bootlaces undone. Fans used to speculate whether he had a bizarre superstition or pre-match ritual which involves his laces being unfastened. It turns out there’s a simple explanation, Gavi simply doesnt know how to lace up his boots !
During the week our Mexican coach Javier Aguirre has been putting a magnifying glass on his team. Taking advantage of the break last weekend, he spoke to the media saying he was pleased the way the season is going. As we sit in mid table obscurity (it would be brilliant if we stayed there or thereabouts when the World Cup starts in 52 days), Aguirre said “I think we are where we should be.” He went on “I’ve been here for 15 games, we’ve won six, we’ve lost six and drawn three.” He made it clear that effort and dedication were not negotiable. “For us being in La Primera is very good and people value it. The fans are happy and so are the players and staff.” Aguirre concluded by saying “Barcelona come here as the highest scorers in La Liga (18) and the fewest goals conceded (1). Although it looks like they’ll have a few casualties, we have no doubt it will be difficult to get a hold of Barcelona. But we will, as usual, try our best against formidable opponents. As long as we finish with our heads held high we can ask for no more.”
Once again our main protagonist is likely to be Vedat Muriqi, who scored twice in Kosovo’s 5-1 demolition of Cyprus on Tuesday night, giving him three goals in two games and 24 for his country in total. There’s no doubt 6ft 4in. Muriqi will worry the Barça defenders tomorrow night. Mallorquinistas love him, not just for his scoring ability, but for the influence he exerts on the rest of the team. Not since Samuel Eto’o have we had a player who’s so decisive on the pitch, although the characteristics are very different. Both Eto’o and Muriqi have been undisputed leaders for RCD Mallorca.
In the 21 league games Muriqi’s played in, he’s scored eight goals (five of them headers). He’s unquestionably one of the best headers of a ball in top flight European football, only surpassed by Harry Kane.