With Barcelona currently atop La Liga, there is a much bigger danger to the league leaders from their own potential complacency than there is from the threat of Las Palmas.
The home side for this encounter are currently in eighteenth place in the table with an astonishing 39 fewer points than the visiting team.
Barcelona have showed recently that they are not afraid of showboating and putting an all out assault on teams of lesser quality than themselves.
The home side have a lot to play for in this game as even a point could see them escape from the relegation zone. It remains to be seen whether Las Palmas will risk playing conservatively, inviting the attacking triple powerhouse of Barcelona’s front line onto them, or will seek to go forward when possible.
Las Palmas have suffered a tough time in all competitions as of late, having won only once in their last two matches.
Their last two games in the league have resulted in away losses against Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano. However, when Las Palmas last played a home game in the league, they managed to triumph over a Celta Vigo side far higher in the league than themselves.
The 2-1 triumph in that match will give Las Palmas a small glimmer of hope of perhaps securing a point against Barcelona and potentially escaping from the relegation zone.
There is still time for Las Palmas to stay in the top flight of Spanish football – getting something from this match would be a resounding statement of intent.
Barcelona have been in absolutely lethal form as of late, having put together some high scoring destructive performances against sides such as Celta Vigo and Valencia. There is every chance that Las Palmas will be the latest small team to suffer the attacking wrath of the most lethal strike force in the game – Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar.
However, Barcelona will be keeping one eye on their upcoming contest against Arsenal in the Champions League. Barcelona will be without the services of Sergio Busquets, who is suspended, and may choose to rest or rotate some of their higher profile players ahead of the Arsenal game.
In all likelihood this will be a high scoring affair with Barcelona turning on the attacking threat and beating the home side by several goals. There is a small chance that Las Palmas will be able to take advantage of the potential distraction posed by Barcelona’s upcoming Champions League tie and get something from this match.
If Las Palmas are able to grab an early goal and play defensively for the rest of the game, all bets are off.