Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona : Predicted lineups
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has confidently assured that should La Liga leaders somehow fail to secure three points at Las Palmas this Saturday (20 February) it “will not be because” his men are already thinking about their Champions League clash with Arsenal next Tuesday (23 February).
The boss, meanwhile, is very aware that despite the Canary Islands team literally struggling this season they can “make thing difficult” for Barca, particularly as key star Sergio Busquets will miss out on today’s Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona game due to suspension.
The Catalan side travel to Las Palmas in blistering form after a 3-1 victory in their last game in hand over Sporting Gijon on Wednesday (17 February) that helped them to consolidate their strong lead in La Liga, six points ahead of Atletico Madrid and also seven over Real Madrid.
Luis Enrique rested some key players for that game like Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto but has opted to use the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in attack, with the Argentinian taking his incredible tally at the Nou Camp to 301 goals in 334 matches.
Gerard Pique has been left out of the Barcelona side for Saturday’s Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona game. There had been many speculations that several regulars would be put to rest, but in the end that didn’t prove to be true. Everyone travels apart from Gerard.
However, Sergio Busquets happens to be also missing from the team. The midfielder, though, is really an enforced absence. After getting a yellow card against Sporting Gijon in midweek, he now misses the Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona game in the Canary Islands through his suspension.
Jordi Masip, Douglas and Adriano, who featured in the 3-1 win at El Molinon in midweek, have also been kept off the list.
Luis Enrique’s squad for Las Palmas is: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Rakitic, Alves, Arda Turan, Iniesta, Luis Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Sandro, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen, Mathieu.