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Messi contra el Sevilla / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Despite the 56 shots taken in three games; 19 on target against Viktoria (18 shots, 5 on target), Sevilla (21 shots, 7 on target) and Granada (17 shots, 7 on target), only three resulted in goals for FC Barcelona. That's the only thing that's been wrong with the team in recent games– they are creating chances but not converting them. Against Mallorca, with the Camp Nou behind them, they have the perfect opportunity to set that record straight. The goals will come today, that's for sure.


Piqué and Puyol ready


The team has been better than ever in defence, and Victor Valdés has made seven straight clean sheets. Not since Pablo found the net at Mestalla have FCB conceded a goal, and with Piqué and Puyol both declared fit on Friday, the back line should be even stronger. Oddly enough, Mascherano is the player that has played the most minutes this season in the centre of the Barcelona defence, where the Argentinian has been doing an excellent job in an unfamiliar position.


First game without Pedro


But it's not all good news. The Mallorca game will be the first in which Guardiola will have to find a solution for the missing Pedro Rodríguez, who got injured midweek at Granada. The Canary Islander has played every game so far this season. Both Afellay and Alexis are sidelined too, so young Isaac Cuenca, a similarly attack-minded player, has been training with the first team for the last few days. But with 19 players to choose from, one of those will have to be dropped from the squad on Saturday evening.

No away wins

Joaquín Caparrós, the new manager at Mallorca, is bringing 18 players for the game at the Camp Nou. The Balearic Islanders have yet to record win on the road this season, but have managed to pick up a couple of draws. They're currently lying in thirteenth place, but just two points ahead of the relegation zone.

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