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Las Palmas vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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Three days before the biggest league match of the season, the leaders hope to stay unbeaten

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Las Palmas (18th, 19pts) vs Barcelona (1st, 65pts)


Competition/Round: 2017-18 La Liga, Matchday 26

Barcelona injuries: Nélson Semedo, Sergi Samper

Las Palmas injuries: Gabriel Peñaba, Emmanuel Emenike, Pedro Bigas

Date/Time: Thursday, March 1st, 2018, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm EST, 12pm PST (USA), 1.30am IST (India, next day)

Venue: Estadio Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Football (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), Movistar Partidazo (Spain), others

How to stream: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


After setting a club record for games without a loss in La Liga this past weekend, Barcelona are back in action with a trip to the Canary Islands to face Las Palmas. One of the best teams in the league last season, Las Palmas have been through hell this term, and a number of managerial changes doesn’t seem to be helping them in what will be a tough relegation battle over the next few months.

They still deserve respect, though, and Barça are under tremendous pressure here. Atlético Madrid continue to win and are just four points behind the leaders at the moment. Barça and Atleti face each other at Camp Nou on Sunday, so by the end of the week the Blaugrana could have a seven-point lead cut to just one point with two losses in three days.

Beating Las Palmas comfortably while resting a few key stars would be the perfect scenario for Ernesto Valverde, so his team can face Atlético with a fresh, confident side ready to get a big win and practically clinch La Liga on Sunday night.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Digne; Coutinho, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Alcácer

Las Palmas (4-3-3): Chichizola; Macedo, Navarro, Gálvez, Aguirregaray; Etebo, Gómez, Aquilani; Halilovic, Calleri, Tana


PREDICTION

Las Palmas have been somewhat OK as of late, but it’s still a bad team that concedes a lot of goals: 3-0 Barça.