Barcelona Vs RCD Mallorca Football Match Score 2 oct 2022
RCD Mallorca is going head to head with Barcelona starting on 1 Oct 2022 at 19:00 UTC at Estadi de Son Moix stadium, Palma city, Spain. The match is a part of the LaLiga. After surviving relegation by only one point in their first season back in La Liga, Mallorca will be hoping to remain further away from the danger zone this season. The club appointed Javier Aguirre as their manager in March earlier this year, with the former Atletico Madrid boss making a decent impact so far, winning 40% of his 15 matches in charge. After winning two, drawing two and losing two of their opening six league games this season, Los Pirates sit firmly in mid-table heading into the weekend’s clash against Barcelona, and may need to at least avoid defeat if they are to remain in the top half of the table.
Aguirre’s side bounced back from a 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid by beating Almeria 1-0 at Visit Mallorca Stadium prior to the international break, with Pablo Maffeo’s 25th-minute strike providing his team with a crucial victory. With little expected of Mallorca against Barcelona on Saturday, it is vitally important that they continue to avoid defeat against the teams predicted to be around them in the table towards the end of the season, although any points which they can pick up against La Liga’s big boys will only increase their chances of preserving their top-flight status. Barcelona, meanwhile, are on a run of five successive league wins, having comfortably beaten Elche 3-0 at Camp Nou in their last match prior to the international break. Memphis Depay’s strike was sandwiched by a Robert Lewandowski brace either side of half time, after Gonzalo Verdu’s 14th-minute dismissal had provided the visitors with an even more monumental task.
Lewandowski may still be ruing his missed chances against his former club Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with the Bavarians punished the Pole’s rare profligacy by claiming a 2-0 win to establish a stranglehold in Group C of the competition. However, after drawing 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano on the opening day of the campaign, Xavi’s side have since looked fully capable of pushing Real Madrid all of the way in La Liga this time around, which would be an achievement in itself given that they finished 13 points behind Carlo Ancelotti’s side last season.
They cannot afford to slip up against sides such as Mallorca if they are to do so though, especially with Real Madrid not kicking off until 24 hours later, providing Barca with an opportunity to leapfrog them at the top of the table by a point should they win. Mallorca could be without Timo Kadewere, Dominik Greif and Amath Ndiaye on Saturday. Aguirre is unlikely to make any changes to the starting XI that defeated Almeria last time out, although his wing-backs will almost certainly be asked to do much more defending than usual. Barcelona, meanwhile, will travel without Depay, Frenkie De Jong and Jules Kounde after the trio picked up muscular injuries on international duty. Ronald Araujo may miss the rest of the calendar year after undergoing thigh surgery in midweek, while Hector Bellerin will miss most of October’s action due to a calf issue, which the former Arsenal full-back sustained in training on Tuesday. As such, Xavi is short of natural right-backs, with Sergi Roberto potentially set for his first league start of the season having suffered with numerous injuries in the past year or so.
Andreas Christensen, Sergio Busquets and Raphinha are likely to come back into the starting XI, although Xavi must consider squad rotation with a crucial trip to Italy to face Inter Milan in the Champions League in midweek, as well as El Clasico being on the horizon in two weekends’ time. Mid-table Mallorca host a high-flying Barcelona side in the Spanish top flight on Saturday evening. The island outfit have enjoyed and endured a thoroughly mixed bag, collecting two wins, draws and losses from their first half-dozen outings. Barcelona, by comparison, have won their last five in the top flight on the spin. Mallorca’s second-choice goalkeeper Dominik Greif is inching towards a return to the bench after sitting out the entirety of 2022 thus far with an ankle problem. sustained during one of his first training sessions has prevented Tino Kadawere from making his debut for the club – and becoming the first Zimbabwean in La Liga history – after arriving on loan from Lyon in the summer. The 26-year-old striker ruptured his right quadriceps, ruling him out for up to six months.
Barcelona were hit hard by the international break. During Uruguay’s friendly against Iran, Ronald Araujo sustained a thigh injury which requires surgery and is set to sideline the centre-back for three months, ruling him out of the World Cup. Both Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay picked up hamstring complaints during the Netherlands’ Nations League victory against Poland. Jules Kounde was also injured in the same area while on international duty with France. Ousmane Dembele returned from Les Bleus’ camp with a fitness concern which may not see him risked against Mallorca. Hector Bellerin’s involvement is in doubt after suffering a muscular problem during training. However, the club are reportedly confident that the right-back will be available this weekend and his presence is urgently needed given the fitness struggles endured by fellow right-back Sergi Roberto.