FC Barcelona vs UD Las Palmas

Unbeaten table-toppers Barcelona look to preserve their 100% winning start to the league season as they take on Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga.


Barcelona are determined to regain the Spanish league title and have started the season in dominating fashion.

Despite losing one third of their frighteningly talented attacking three from last season, with Neymar joining PSG, they have netted twenty goals in six consecutive league victories. During that time, they have kept four clean sheets and only conceded two goals.

It’s a statement of intent from Barca and they will be looking to make it seven wins from seven here.

Lionel Messi already has nine league goals, with twelve scored in all competition.

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas have lost four of their six league games so far, and have failed to find the net in the last two.

They have picked up a victory away from home this season, beating Malaga 3-1 in between narrow 1-0 losses to Valencia and Sevilla.

Last season, they conceded nine goals in two meetings with Barcelona so know they have their work cut out for them here. However, the players come into this with nothing to lose and nobody expecting them to get anything from the match.

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Team News

Barcelona are without £96 million signing Ousmane Dembele, who has been ruled out until at least January with a thigh muscle rupture. Their only other absentee is Rafinha, who is yet to return after suffering an injury in the latter part of last season.

Las Palmas have a growing injury list, and could be without six players for this match.

Vitolo and Dani Castellano are suffering with hamstring problems, Centre-Back Pedro Bigas has a knee injury, former Chelsea striker Loic Remy has missed the last two matches and is doubtful, whilst Sergi Samper is still a couple of weeks away from regaining full fitness.

Along with those five, Alen Halilovic is out until at least the middle of December with a malleolar injury.

Head to Head

These sides have met eight times since November 2000, with Barcelona winning six and two finishing level.

Barcelona have won the last four meetings, scoring thirteen goals in the process.

The last time Las Palmas avoided defeat in this fixture was in March 2002, when they picked up a 1-1 draw away from home.

Betting Odds and Predictions

Barcelona are the obvious betting favourites here and it would take an extremely brave, or foolish, person to place any money on Las Palmas getting anything from this match.

The home side are 1/12 with Bet 365 for the victory, Las Palmas are 25/1, and the draw is priced at 10/1.

As you can see, there’s not much value in backing Barca to win unless you have a shed load of money to stake on it.

So, we must find the best way of securing a decent profit from this fixture.

Backing Barcelona to win in the Half Time/Full Time market provides better value, at odds of 1/3. Barca have led at half time and gone on to win in their last four meetings with Las Palmas, and it’s worth backing them to do the same again here.

With twenty league goals scored in six games this season, and thirteen in their last four against Las Palmas, it may pay to back Barcelona to score several goals. The home side to score Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 2/7, Over 3.5 is 8/11, and Over 4.5 is 13/8.

There’s not much value in backing Lionel Messi to score, although it’s likely he will find the net. The Argentinian is priced at 2/11 to score anytime, with his strike partner Luis Suarez at 3/10 in the same market.

A value bet in the anytime scorer market may be Denis Suarez. He has netted in two of the last three league matches and is decent odds of 9/4 to score here.

Top Betting Tip

Obviously, with not much value to be found in most markets, we have had to look at the best way of securing a healthy profit.

Therefore, our top betting tip for this match is Barcelona in the HT/FT market at odds of 1/3 with Bet 365.



Football Tip: Sporting Kansas City v’s Atlanta United

Sporting Kansas City put their unbeaten home record this season on the line as they welcome Atlanta United to Children’s Mercy Park on Monday morning. Having overcome the Chicago Fire last time around in order to maintain their position at the top of the MLS Western Conference, visiting Atlanta certainly have their work cut out this week. However, with the visitors having a star-studded line-up and the best offensive statistics in the division, it could well be a tight affair in Kansas. As well as this, with Kansas taking on San Jose in the Lamar Hunt US Open Semi Finals just two days later, their coaching staff face major decisions regarding team selection.

Atlanta are without some big names themselves, making this one a difficult game to predict, and even tougher for those looking to place a bet on the encounter. (www.online-betting.org)

Sporting Kansas City

Head Coach Peter Vermes certainly has some selection headaches ahead of Monday’s encounter, with the former USA international set to stick with the 4-3-3 setup that has served his team so well in recent times. Midfielder Graham Zusi could be given a rest following his commitments for the MLS All-Star team against Real Madrid, however the return of Gerson will certainly make up for his potential absence. The leading scorer is back from suspension, with his link-up play with striker Diego Rubio having been one of Kansas City’s major strengths this season. Meanwhile, with Seth Sinovic suspended for the upcoming semi-final clash, Jimmy Medranda could step up in his place. Kansas are unbeaten in their last five MLS matches, however three consecutive draws did restrict their chances of finishing top of the pile.

Atlanta United

Atlanta are one of the form teams in the MLS, having won four of their last five, with midfielder Hector Villalba having been one of the best players in the entire division so far this year. A stoppage time equaliser saw United earn a valuable point against Orlando City last week, with the likes of Miguel Almiron and Yamil Asad also likely to cause the Kansas defence all manner of problems. It is at the other end of the field that has hurt Atlanta this season however, having conceded 28 goals in 21 matches to date.

Top Betting Tip

Having taken all of this into account, our top betting tip for the match is to back both teams to score, which can be found at best odds of 7/5 at William Hill. Here the review.