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Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona Match Preview

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FC Barcelona returns to La Liga action on Sunday evening under pressure to pick up a win as they travel to the Canary Islands to lock horns with a struggling Las Palmas side.

Barcelona will play a Las Palmas side that has been in a freefall since coach Quique Setien announced two months ago that he was leaving at the end of the season. Since then Las Palmas have won just one game and suffered defeats to sides such as Sporting Gijon and Leganes.

FC Barcelona are on a six match unbeaten run ( W5 D1 ) and they would love to clinch their sixth consecutive win in the La Liga when they lock horns with Las Palmas at the Estadio Gran Canaria on Sunday.

FC Barcelona are sitting on the top of the table with 84 points from 36 matches – level on points with Re Madrid but leading due to their superior head-to-head record. Real are chasing their first La Liga title since 2012. They are on the driver’s seat as they are tied with FC Barcelona on the points table and they have a game in hand too. Meanwhile, Real Madrid will host Sevilla at the same time and Barça will hope that Sevilla pulls off a miraculous result at the Santiago Bernabéu. As the Real Madrid goal scoring spree stretches on FC Barcelona find themselves in real danger of losing the La Liga. It will be catastrophe if both Real and Barça lose at the same time.

Between these two teams, it’s Madrid who have the more difficult run-in. Sevilla are a match for any side in the division on their day, while away trips to Celta Vigo and Malaga are unlikely to be straightforward for Zidane’s men.

The Blaugrana, by contrast, have two much more winnable games, with Sunday’s showdown and a home fixture against Eibar to come.

As mentioned earlier, Las Palmas are in a slump, without a win in their last five games, losing four. Quique Setien will need to see a massive improvement from his team if they’re to avoid a heavy defeat here. This will be Setien’s last home game as Las Palmas’ manager and they would certainly like to send him off with a victory, besides that, they can take heart from the fact that FCB have dropped points against many mid table teams in this season.

Team News

Las Palmas

Defender Dani Castellano and striker Tana are both likely to miss out due to injuries. However, Quique Setien has something to cheer, as Kevin Prince Boateng and Jese are back and raring to go.

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Helder Lopes could replace Castellano, while while former Barcelona winger Alen Halilovic will replace the injured Tana.

FC Barcelona

Sergi Roberto received his fifth yellow card and will be unavailable. Umtiti and Alba are both on four yellows.

Rafinha, Aleix Vidal, Mathieu are out with long term injuries. Digne is doubtful for this tie with injury problem.

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Roberto’s suspension leaves Enrique with no option of right-back. So it’s natural that he will switch to 3-4-3 formation.

Pique is suffering from stomach upset and the 21 year old Marlon has been called up to replace him.

Likely Line-ups

Las Palmas

Varas; Lopes, Bigas, Lemos, Simon; Gomez, Mesa; Jese, Viera, Halilovic; Boateng

FC Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Umtiti, Marlon, Mascherano; Iniesta, Denis Suarez, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Neymar, Suarez

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 // Monday, May 15, 2017 ( in INDONESIA, CHINA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA )

Time: 18:00 ( G.M.T. ) // 19:00 ( B.S.T. ) // 14:00 ( E.T. ) // 23:30 ( I.S.T. )

Venue: Estadio de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain

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