Mallorca vs. Barcelona 6/13/20 La Liga Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Barcelona (!8-4-5) at Mallorca (7-4-16)
La Liga Soccer: Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Estadio de Son Moix)
The Line: Mallorca +900 / Draw +475 / Barcelona -375 -- O/U: 3.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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RCD Mallorca host FC Barcelona in Spanish La Liga soccer action from the Estadio de Son Moix on Saturday afternoon.
RCD Mallorca enter this match on the edge of the relegation zone, one point from safety in 18th place with a record of 7 wins, 4 draws and 16 losses. Mallorca come in on 25 points after picking up a 2-1 win over Mallorca on the road in their last match before La Liga was put on hold due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. In the match against Eibar, Daniel Rodriguez gave Mallorca the lead three minutes before the half and the lead held until Takefusa Kubo doubled Mallorca’s lead in the 78th minute. Eibar pulled a goal back in the second minute of second half stoppage time to break up Mallorca’s clean sheet, but Mallorca got what they went to Eibar for, a huge three points in the relegation battle. Ante Budimir leads Mallorca in the scoring department with 9 goals this season while Aleix Febas and Salva Sevilla each have a team-high 3 assists. Manuel Rodriguez is the top goalkeeper for Mallorca, conceding 1.54 goals per 90 minutes with 4 clean sheets this season.
FC Barcelona on the other hand, enter this game in the driver’s seat at the top of the table in La Liga, sitting in 1st with 18 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses after picking up a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in their last match before the break. In the match against Sociedad, the Catalans were battling hard but couldn’t breach the Sociedad goal. However, Barca were awarded a penalty in the 81st minute thanks to VAR, a penalty that Lionel Messi slotted home to give Barcelona a lead with less than ten minutes to go, a lead that they would not relinquish on the way to yet another victory. Messi leads Barca with 19 goals and 12 assists this season while Luis Suarez has 11 goals and 7 assists. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is the top goalkeeper for Barcelona, conceding one goal per 90 minutes with 8 clean sheets in 26 league appearances this season.
As if Barcelona needed more help, this break has benefitted Barca in the regard that they get Luis Suarez back from injury, and anytime you can benefit from a hiatus and get one of the world’s best players back in your lineup, it’s not a bad thing. As far as this match goes, Mallorca would be tempting under other circumstances given that they play their best at home, but the fact that there’s no spectators takes away any home boost that Mallorca would’ve had against the league leaders definitely doesn’t help their cause. Barcelona picked apart Sociedad, who are one of the league’s top teams this year, but they just couldn’t find the back of the net except for the penalty in that game, so I shudder to think what Mallorca is going to have to deal with here. I’ll side with Barcelona on the -1.5 handicap to get the juice down here as I think Barcelona pick up where they left off with a big win here.