There’s still plenty of scores to settle in the Spanish top tier when it gets back underway, including the small matter of the title itself. The two heavyweights of Spain are the usual challengers in a two-horse race at the top, with Barcelona edging Real Madrid by just two points.
Quique Setién’s men face what looks like a comfortable task on paper when they return against Mallorca at the Son Moix in front of no fans. With Madrid playing a day later, it’s a chance for Barca to put a little bit of daylight between themselves and their championship challengers with a big win against a struggling Mallorca side that sits in the bottom three and in a relegation place.
The difference between the two sides in the table is reflected by the odds that suggest that Barca will cruise past their opponents, which is no surprise. It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest the league leaders will put a few past a weaker Mallorca side, given the contrast in the standings. Barcelona have been the top-scorers in the league with 63 goals to their name – 14 more than their title rivals. In contrast, Mallorca have conceded the most in league, with 44 goals against them.
If a dominant performance from the champions does occur, the question is who will be scoring the goals? You can almost guarantee Lionel Messi will have a hand somehow.
The Argentinian legend has been on top form yet again for Barca this season, scoring 19 goals and assisting 12 in just 22 league appearances across this campaign. Whilst his odds to score a time anytime in the match are unsurprisingly low, SkyBet are offering odds of 4/1 for the magician to get a goal either side of half-time – a feat that he has already managed when the teams met earlier in the season in a 5-2 win for the Blaugrana where Messi bagged a hat-trick