Barcelona’s defeat at Celtic this Wednesday came as less of a shock to those who have seen them post a series of narrow wins and dramatic comebacks in their record-breaking start to La Liga.
Losing on a rainy night in Glasgow should make Barca realise there will be no stroll to any of their trophy targets this season. Nonetheless a trip to Mallorca is as comfortable an away assignment as they can hope for to recover any lost confidence.
Odds of 1/4 on an outright away win don’t look at all stingy when you consider that Mallorca are on a pathetic run of five La Liga losses in succession.
10/1 on a miracle return to form against Barcelona looks the realm of fantasy, as does 9/2 on a draw.
Barcelona have scored ten goals in the last two away league trips as they start to recreate their familiar free-scoring form.
There is no reason why the Catalans shouldn’t continue this against a Mallorca side who lost 0-5 to Real Madrid in their last fixture on the island – despite being a defensive-minded side Mallorca are not as robust as the likes of Celtic.
Mallorca have scored a mere ten goals this season – too little to seriously trouble a weak Barcelona defence denied the security of Pique and Puyol.
A 33/20 bet on Barcelona to win by three goals or more via handicap betting is my pick of the bunch. Betting on five goals or more to be scored at 23/10 also looks a sound choice too given the current form of the two sides.