Barcelona v Las Palmas

‘It will be a different in the Spanish Cup final’ – Valverde after Barca draw 2-2 with Eibar

Barcelona have made a perfect start to the season, and that looks set to continue when they face Las Palmas at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The Catalans have won all eight of their first Liga fixtures to top the table with a four-point lead over second-placed Atletico madrid. Those results have included some goal-heavy matches such as the 5-0 thrashing of derby rivals Espanyol or the 6-1 result against Eibar. Their most recent league match, a 3-0 win over Girona, followed this trend.

Barca have also been ruthless in the Champions League, beating Italian giants Juventus 3-0 and, most recently, dispatching Sporting CP 1-0 on Wednesday. However, suggestions have been made that Blaugrana haven't been as entertaining as they should be. As such, coach Ernesto Valverde defended his side against such accusations, saying, "Everyone is free to say what they want. I don't get bored, especially not when we win."

Las Palmas, meanwhile, have returned to losing after managing back-to-back wins over Malaga and Athletic Bilbao in recent weeks. Sevilla got the better of them 1-0 in midweek and their latest result was a 2-0 defeat to Leganes last weekend.

The side from the Canary Islands currently sit 15th in the standings, two points away from the bottom three, but looking very likely to drop into the relegation zone unless they can muster a memorable performance against Spain’s most in-form team. In addition, recently appointed coach Pako Ayestaran says his side must rise to the occasion at the Camp Nou.

He said, "It's a wonderful stage to make our debut and hopefully unity will see us through and the players are well organized on the pitch. We have to have belief and that's what we are going to try to do."

In team news, Barca will be without Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha, while Las Palmas won’t be able to call on Vitolo, Sergi Samper, Dani Castellano, or Alen Halilovic, the Croatian youngster on loan from Hamburg who couldn’t quite cut the mustard at Barcelona.