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Match Preview : Las Palmas to face Real Madrid in a battle of defensive strength

Match Preview : Las Palmas to face Real Madrid in a battle of defensive strength

Las Palmas are on a roll, having won their last two La Liga matches without conceding a goal. They sit in eighth place ahead of their clash with Real Madrid, the only team in the league to have conceded fewer goals (13) than the Canary Islanders (17).

Coach García Pimienta has not been distracted by the speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona. He has said that he is only focused on keeping his team in the top flight after their promotion last season.

Barcelona are the only team to have beaten Las Palmas at home since November (3 wins, 1 draw), and they have impressively scored first in each of those five matches. Ahead of their first home meeting since March 2018, they are also no strangers to scoring against Madrid, with an average of 1.75 goals per game in the last four meetings here (1 win, 1 draw, 2 draws).

Although Real Madrid have dominated recent meetings between the two sides (6 wins, 2 draws), they cannot take this match for granted given that they had to come from behind to beat bottom club Almería 3-2 last weekend. That victory, secured with a 99th-minute goal, came at a cost as Jude Bellingham picked up his fifth yellow card of the season, meaning he will be suspended for this match.

“Los Blancos” are unbeaten in their last six away league matches (4 wins, 2 draws) and are locked in a tight battle for supremacy with Girona, who they trail by one point with a game in hand. However, they will be looking to return to winning ways on the road after their defeat to Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey (4-2 after extra time) in a thrilling match.

Players to watch: Alberto Moleiro opened the scoring for Las Palmas against Rayo Vallecano (2-0) last weekend, scoring his second goal of the season. After scoring twice against Atlético this month, Joselu could be in for another big role for Real Madrid, with his last seven goals in competition coming after the break.

Hot stat: Real Madrid have received 37 yellow cards in La Liga this season (an average of 1.85 per game), the lowest total in the league.

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