UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona in Week 26 of La Liga

UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona in Week 26 of La Liga

UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona in Week 26 of La Liga

MIKE TOLL – 01/03/2018 | 14:00 Share this story
Thursday, March 1
Kickoff at 9.00pm CET
Estadio Gran Canaria
FC Barcelona will make its longest road trip in La Liga this season when it heads south to the Canary Islands for a midweek date with UD Las Palmas. Kickoff at the Estadio de Gran Canaria is at 9.00pm CET. Barça, perched out in the first place, holds a seven-point lead in the standings just days ahead of a weekend clash with second-place Atlético Madrid. But the Catalans must first fend off 18th place Las Palmas, which finds itself in a must-win situation as it fights to climb out of the relegation zone.

UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona in Week 26 of La Liga

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Who’s In & Who’s Out
After the team trained on Wednesday afternoon, manager Ernesto Valverde released the following 18-player squad list for the evening trip to the island of Gran Canaria:

1. Marc-André Ter Stegen
3. Gerard Piqué
4. Ivan Rakitic
5. Sergio Busquets
8. Andrés Iniesta
9. Luis Suárez
10. Lionel Messi
11. Ousmane Dembélé
13. Jasper Cillessen
14. Phillippe Coutinho
15. Paulinho
17. Paco Alcácer
19. Lucas Digne
20. Sergi Roberto
21. André Gomes
22. Aleix Vidal
23. Samuel Umtiti
25. Thomas Vermaelen

Right fullback Nélson Semedo is injured, and left fullback Jordi Alba sits out with a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

Quotable
Statistically Speaking
Barça is unbeaten in its last six La Liga matches at Las Palmas, including 4 wins and 2 draws . . . Overall, Barça is also undefeated in its last 16 road games in La Liga (13 wins and 3 draws), including 9 shutouts . . . The last time Barça had a longer unbeaten streak away from home in La Liga was an 18-game run that was snapped in January 2013 . . . Leo Messi’s two goals in Barça’s 6–1 win over Girona last weekend set a new record, making him the only player in La Liga history to find the net against 36 different First Division teams.
For Las Palmas, Pedro Bigas is its only current player who has scored a league goal against Barça, which came late last season . . . Barça is riding a club-record 32-game unbeaten streak — which stretches back to the end of last season — and a win or a draw at Las Palmas would bring the Catalans one step closer to the all-time La Liga undefeated streak of 38 games, which was set by Real Sociedad almost 40 years ago.
Barça beat Las Palmas, 3–0, at Camp Nou back on October 1, 2017 . . . That date will forever go down in history as the day of Catalonia’s independence referendum when Barça played behind closed doors to bring worldwide attention to the political situation in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia
How to Follow the Game Live
As always, Barça’s match will be broadcast live around the world. We will also have live English play-by-play streamed on R@dioBarça. And social media users can get live updates on Barça’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts as the action unfolds.

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