Hi Boss, La Liga leaders Barcelona head to Las Palmas on Thursday night as they bid to maintain their seven-point advantage at the top of the table.Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in the league and go into the game on the back of one of their most impressive attacking displays, after they hammered Girona 6-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
Las Palmas are in the bottom three, although they have picked up some promising results of late. Paco Jemez’s side have won two of their last six, but Barcelona will still be huge favourites.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a match preview.
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Gran Canaria
TV Info/Live Stream: Sky Sports (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.)
Las Palmas have lost centre-back Pedro Bigas to a long-term knee injury. Midfielder Gabriel Penalba will also miss out due to knee trouble and winger Momo has a muscle problem, per Transfermarkt.
Barcelona have problems in defence where they will be without left-back Jordi Alba due to suspension—Lucas Digne should replace him in the defence. Right-back Nelson Semedo is also out for five weeks with a hamstring injury, per Barcelona’s website. Sergi Roberto should replace the Portugal international.
Gerard Pique is struggling with a knee injury and will be rested, according to Sport’s Javier Giraldo. Thomas Vermaelen is likely to come in at centre-back, although Yerry Mina is also an option.
Valverde must also decide whether to start Luis Suarez. The striker is in superb form but is just one booking away from a one-match suspension, and Barcelona face a crucial clash against second-placed Atletico Madrid next.
Barcelona were back to their attacking best against Girona, as Lionel Messi put on a masterclass and Suarez scored a hat-trick. New signings Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele started together for the first time and added a new dimension to the front line.