Can Las Palmas, overturn the odds in their favor and defeat unbeaten Barcelona?
Currently, Las Palmas are battling the relegation zone. They are in the 18th position in the league table with just a point ahead of 19th place Deportivo, and a point behind 17th placed Levante. Barcelona, however, are currently league leaders and are in splendid form. They are undefeated in their 25 league matches, and they will be looking to extend their amazing form.
Las Palmas, last six matches has seen them inconsistent in form. They have won twice, lost twice and the other two matches were a draw. The league leaders have won three games out of their last six with three draws. They played a draw recently in the Champions League first leg against Chelsea.
Las Palmas drew on their last match against Leganes in the away fixture. Barcelona thrashed Girona at home where they scored a whopping six goals to one. The league leaders are confident that they will extend their winning run and will continue to widen the point gap at the top of the league table.
Barcelona have an upcoming Champions League second leg game but, Ernesto Valverde is confident that even with some rotation is the squad he can secure the maximum points against the struggling Las Palmas.
In the last five meetings between these two sides, Las Palmas have failed to secure a win. Barcelona have an impressive stats against the home side with five wins in the last five meetings. The previous fixture between the two sides saw Barcelona winning over Las Palmas with a scoreline of three goals to one at home.
Barcelona are certainly the favorites in this game as they hope to bag away yet another win.
The Spanish team is without their Centre Back Pedro Bigas. He is currently sidelined due to a knee injury he faced on January. Momo, the left winger for Las Palmas, is also currently unavailable due to injury and is expected to make a quick recovery.
Gabriel Peñalba has recently faced a Knee injury and will miss the clash against Barcelona. Paco Jemez, the manager for UD Las Palmas, will be looking to play their best game as they are willing to do everything to survive the relegation.
The league leaders are currently without their player Sergi Samper. Both the players are undergoing treatment due to injury and will likely be missing the match against Las Palmas.
Jordi Alba is suspended due to the accumulations of yellow cards, and he will be forced to be sidelined in this clash. The manager will be looking to rest their players ahead of the clash against Chelsea, but he may also put out an all strong squad to defeat Las Palmas in this away fixture.
Players To Watch
Jonathan Calleri leads the Las Palmas team in the tally of goals. He will surely be hoping to increase his numbers, and with an opponent like Barcelona, it could really be a tough feat for him.
Calleri will surely be on a lookout for goals and will be looking to help his side perform exceptionally well against Barcelona. His goal scoring ability, pace, and strength make him a threatening player and Barcelona should be tight around the defense to not let the Argentine find the back of the net.
Lionel Messi currently has an excellent form this season. The Argentine magician is the star player of Barcelona. He now leads the league in terms of goals. The forward has 22 goals and 12 assists to his name.
This talented player will be at his best in the match against Las Palmas as he hopes to bag away another set of goals. He can’t get enough with his goal scoring ability and with his skills he is currently one of the best players in the world.
The defense of Las Palmas should really be tight if they want to stop him from scoring a goal or assisting a goal.
Las Palmas win: 23/2
Barcelona win: 1/5
The odds are provided via Bwin.
Las Palmas vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Las Palmas host Barcelona in the Gran Canaria stadium. The visitors are in full form with their latest victory of six goals to one over Girona. The home side is in a severe condition as they are in the relegation zone and would really want to escape it.
Barcelona is undefeated in the league and is currently one of the best teams in the world. The visitors will be making sure that they will not lose this match against the home side. We predict the game will be won by Barcelona.
Match Prediction: Las Palmas: 1-3 Barcelona