Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Sunday’s La Liga game at Visit Mallorca Estadi pits together Mallorca and Barcelona, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the 2021/2022 season. Mallorca’s main goal is to secure the elite division survival, while Barca are eyeing a place in the Champions League. Los Bermellones experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss at Granada, but they rarely lose points when playing in front of home fans. Mallorca have suffered only one defeat at home this season, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Xavi’s troops.
All Dominik Greif, Lago Junior, Matthew Hoppe, and Antonio Raillo are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Barca, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Sevilla. The fallen Catalan giants have recorded only one win on the road this term, and seeing that Mallorca are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Both Lenglet and Dani Alves have been tested positive for coronavirus, whilst all Depay, Pedri, Fati, Dest, and Braithwaite should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Joan Sastre):
Joan Sastre, who started his youth career at Mallorca back in 2009, has been playing for los Bermellones ever since. Sastre made his senior debut with Mallorca in a 1-0 win over Peralada on August 20, 2017 and he scored his first ever goal for the islanders in a 1-1 draw with Badalona on December 10, 2017.
The pacey right back was born in Porreres, Spain on April 30, 1997 and it has to be noted that he has two caps with la Roja U19 team. Joan Sastre has established himself as a first-team regular at Mallorca, with the defender making 29 appearances in the Segunda Division last term.
The Spaniard was deployed in the starting line-up for the decider against Deportivo La Coruna where Mallorca emerged triumphant (3-0) and secured promotion to La Liga. Joan Sastre’s contract with los Bermellones should expire on June 30, 2023. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.