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Barcelona will look to bounce back from a sobering defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo when they host Las Palmas at the Nou Camp on 26 September.


Barcelona relinquished their 100% record in La Liga this season as they crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Celta Vigo on 23 September. It was the heaviest defeat of Luis Enrique's reign, and the third time the Catalans had conceded four goals in a single match after a 4-0 Spanish Super Cup defeat against Atheltic Bilbao and a 5-4 Uefa Super Cup win over Sevilla.

Enrique's side are without Claudio Bravo, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha, who are all injured, but left-back Jordi Alba is available after recovering from a neck problem. Las Palmas, who are playing in Spain's top division after a 13-year hiatus, beat Sevilla 2-0 at home in midweek to secure their first win of the season. The Canary Islands outfit fought back to secure a 3-3 draw against Celta in their last away match and will be out impress again at the Nou Camp.

Paco Herrera is deprived of the services of defender Angel Lopez and midfielder Javi Castellano, who are both ruled out through injury.

What managers say

Luis Enrique: "What decided this game is how well Celta (Vigo) played. It was highly effective football from them. It was very good. We tried to create problems, but we suffered a lot in one-on-one situations. When a team has played better than you, then there is nothing much that you can say. I'd rather lose to a team that plays likeCelta did today, without any tricks, purely winning through their football. I congratulate them and hope they can carry on playing like that."

Paco Herrera: "I'm happy, but not just because we won our first match since returning to the Primera (against Sevilla), but because the team continues to grow, compete and has more confidence in the attack."

Form guide

  • Barcelona (all competitions): LWDWW
  • Last result: Celta Vigo 4-1 Barcelona
  • Las Palmas: WLDDL
  • Last result: Las Palmas 2-0 Sevilla

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Barcelona win: 1/10
  • Draw: 11
  • Las Palmas: 22

Team news

Barcelona possible XI: Ter Stegen; Alves, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Roberto; Messi, Suarez, Munir

Las Palmas possible XI: Varas; Simon, Alcaraz, Artiles, Bigas, D Castellano; Mesa, Hernan, Mubarak; Viera, Araujo