After dropping many points in their recent La Liga rounds, Barcelona will not be happy with anything but the three points when they host UD Las Palmas at the Camp Nou in the 18th round of the Spanish top flight.
Barcelona are sitting in the third place in the league table with 35 points from 10 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses. They have scored 42 goals and conceded 17 since the start of the season.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen should return in goal for the home side after cup action, with Javier Mascherano replacing Samuel Umtiti at centre-back.
Ivan Rakitic could well get a chance from the off after being used from the bench in the Copa del Rey on his return to the Barcelona squad, but he has Andre Gomes to compete with.
The hosts have been struggling in their last few rounds in La Liga to get the win, despite the fact that they haven’t lost in 5 games. Barcelona have dropped further in the table and they need to get all possible points to keep up with Real Madrid at the title race. They have collected 9 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league matches. Their last game in La Liga finished in a 1-1 draw against Villarreal away from home.
Las Palmas are sitting in the 8th place in the La Liga table with 24 points from 6 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses. They have scored 27 goals and conceded 24 since the start of the season.
The visitors have lost only one game in their last 5 La Liga matches. Las Palmas have been solid since the start of the season and they have been in the upper half of the table for the majority of the campaign. The team have collected 8 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 La Liga fixtures. Their last game was against Sporting Gijon at home where they managed to get a 1-0 victory.
Pedro Bigas is ruled out with a knee injury, which should see Mauricio Lemos getting a rare chance to impress in league action. Dani Castellano has a knock, but should be fit to start, with Helder available to deputise at left-back if required.
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