SportsPass: La Liga Barca vs Las Palmas..


Defending champions FC Barcelona (10-2-5, 35 points) will look to go back to their winning form as the team squares off with middling squad UD Las Palmas (6-5-6, 24 points) in a 2016-2017 La Liga season match on Jan. 14, Saturday at the Camp Nou.

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Barcelona is struggling to find wins in the past several rounds as the Catalan giants were winless in four of their last six outings.

In their most recent fixture last Sunday, Barça was able to escape with a 1-1 draw against contending squad Villarreal on the road at the El Madrigal Stadium, as per Sports Mole.

Following a scoreless first half of play, the Yellow Submarine opened the scoring in the 49th minute with a strike from Italian forward Nicola Sansone off a pass by Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato.

It looked like head coach Luis Enrique’s squad will succumb to their third loss this term as time slowly expired, but no less than team leader Lionel Messi saved the day for Barcelona with an equalizer in the 90th minute, salvaging the draw and a share of a point in the overall standings.

However, despite the tie, Barça has virtually handed the championship to arch-rival Real Madrid, who are now five points ahead of the defending champs while having played a game less.

Meanwhile, Las Palmas is coming off a 1-0 nipping of bottom three club Sporting Gijon at their home ground of Gran Canaria Stadium last Saturday, ESPN reported.

Moroccan winger Nabil El Zhar provided the winning goal for head coach Quique Setién’s side with a close-range left-footed shot in the 55th minute after the game also ended goalless at the half.

The win snapped Las Palmas’ three-game winless slide as the team is now settled in the eighth spot of the league table, five games below the second and final Europa League qualifying berth for next season occupied by sixth-place team Real Sociedad.

Prediction and Predicted Lineup

The predicted result is a close 2-1 win by Barcelona.

Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): ter Stegen; Digne, Mascherano, Pique, Roberto; Iniesta, Gomes, Busquets; Messi, Suárez, Neymar.

Las Palmas starting lineup (4-1-4-1 formation): Varas; Castellano, Bigas, Simon, Lemos; Garcia; Viera, Mesa, Gomez, El Zhar; Boateng.

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