Barca Headline Saturday La Liga Fixtures

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Lots of games on Saturday in La Liga, as Barcelona hope to close in on another title.

Lionel Messi celebrates another Barca goal

For fans of Barcelona, it’s been a long wait to see the Blaugrana in action but that wait will come to an end on Saturday, when the Catalans return to the pitch.

Quique Setien’s men resume the 2019-20 season with a two-point lead at the top of La Liga, with 11 games remaining this term.

Mallorca Try to Derail Barca

Barca make the journey to the Balearic Islands to face a Mallorca team that find themselves in the relegation zone and are 33/4 to beat the leaders on Saturday.

Prior to the enforced break, the visitors had won five of their last six league games – but the single defeat was a crucial 2-0 loss at title rivals Real Madrid.

Not only have Barca (4/7 to win the title) won the last six meetings with Mallorca, but they have also racked up 24 goals over those six games – which includes a 5-2 win at the Nou Camp in December.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in that game and the former Liverpool man could feature on Saturday, having recovered from injury. Setien though will be without defender Clement Lenglet, with the French centre-back suspended.

Mallorca – 20/67 to be relegated – have a mixed home record this season, losing six of their 14 league games at Son Moix but they have recorded wins over the likes of Real Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal.

The Battle to Avoid Relegation

There are three other La Liga games to look forward to on Saturday, with some crucial games at the bottom end of the table.

At 1pm BST, bottom club Espanyol, who have enjoyed 25 consecutive top-flight seasons, face 14th-placed Alaves – Match Odds: Espanyol 11/10, Draw 11/5, Alaves 14/5.

Espanyol have won only one of their last seven league games, but they have shown some signs of improvement during that run with impressive draws at Sevilla and at home to Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, the visitors only lost one of their last six prior to the break, but their away form makes awful reading for Alaves fans and backers, with just two league wins on the road all season.

It’s 19th versus 15th at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque, as relegation rivals Leganes and Real Valladolid go head-to-head.

Six points separate the two sides going into Saturday’s clash and Leganes – 5/4 to collect the three points – will be boosted by their recent record against the visitors, having been unbeaten in their last five meetings.

Villarreal Looking for Euro Qualification

The other Saturday clash (kick-off at 4pm BST) will have an impact on both relegation and the battle for European qualification – Celta Vigo 8/5, Draw 23/10, Villarreal 17/10.

Hosts Celta are just one point and one place outside of the relegation zone but go into this game unbeaten in five, having picked up two wins and three draws during that period.

Villarreal’s top-six hopes are hanging by a thread, with three straight defeats before the break leaving them seven points outside of the Europa League places.

The visitors are also without two players through suspension, with Ruben Pena and Javi Calleja both ruled out.

*All odds correct at time of writing

Warren has been employed as a sport journalist for over two decades and as well as years of written experience, has also worked in other areas of the media including radio and television. Football has always been his number one passion, but has also commentated and written on a number of other sports including golf, cricket, tennis and rugby.
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