Round-Up: Barcelona strikers given test

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Barcelona, shorn of Samuel Eto'o, Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola, will try to pierce the tightest defence in La Liga when they travel to Majorca tomorrow. Real Mallorca have conceded only six goals in 10 games but remain mid-table as they have scored only five. Seville, in second, host the sixth-placed Valencia tonight, while Real Madrid, in third, are at home to Racing Santender. David Beckham is absent with a knee complaint, an inflamed left meniscus.

Beckham was last night at the centre of a new rift with his manager, Fabio Capello, with reports saying the former England captain and his wife Victoria had flown to Rome for the wedding this weekend of the film actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, despite Capello's insistence that the midfielder remain in Spain.

In Serie A Internazionale will hope to edge clear of the joint-leaders Palermo as the Nerazzurri host Reggina tomorrow, while the Sicilians play Cagliari in Sardinia tonight.

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