Welcome to our live coverage of Las Palmas v Real Sociedad as we bring you all of the action as it happens from La Rosaleda as Week 24 of LaLiga Santander gets underway in the Canary Islands. Kick-off: 20:45 (CET) in Las Palmas.
Preview: Las Palmas v Real Sociedad: LaLiga Santander Week 24
Two teams who as visiting coach Eusebio Sacristán admitted on the eve of the game have a lot in common – both like playing possession-based, attractive football and the similarities don’t just stop there... Las Palmas hope to make up for last week’s 2-1 reverse at Málaga which means they still have only won once away from home this season. Real Sociedad are also keen to redeem themselves after losing at the death to Villarreal in San Sebastián. On a positive note, it’s Carnival weekend in the Canary Isles so a an uplifting evening is guaranteed win, lose or draw. The visitors are also in high spirits – they are buoyed by Eusebio penning a new contract, committing to 2019, which is a real boost for the players and the club.
Real Sociedad’s prime objective is qualifying for Europe. Eusebio’s team are fifth on 41 points and are enjoying one of their brightest campaigns since they finished as runners-up in 2003. Las Palmas dropped down a place to twelfth last weekend but while their away form has left a lot to be desired, the opposite is true at home – only Sevilla have beaten the islanders on home turf – winning by the minimum in Week 22. Even leaders Real Madrid were held to a draw there back in Week 6.
Quique Setién had some bad news this week – midfielder Javi Castellano is out for the next four to six weeks with a sprained colateral ligament in his right knee. On a more positive note, Hernán and Momo wre both given the all-clear while Livaja, Montoro and Michel all remain on the injury list.
Player to watch: Kevin-Prince Boateng. Power, creativity and an assassin’s eye for goal, he’ll be one of the Las Palmas players who Real Sociedad will be hoping has an off day...
Real Sociedad flew out with an 18-man squad – four players were unable to make the trip including Willian José who won’t get the chance to take on his former club. Carlos Martínez, Markel Bergara and Imanol Agirretxe, all of whom are recovering from long-term injury problems have been left at home.
Player to watch: Mikel Oyarzabal. The youth team graduate has had an encouraging week, featuring in La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Ideal XI of Europe’s most promising Under-20s. Whether he gets on the score sheet or not, he’s always a terror for rival defences.
As of 00:00 on Friday 24/02 a single euro bet on a win for Las Palmas would see a return of €2.70, and the bookies are expecting this to be a close one - a Real Sociedad win pays €2.70 while the odds are higher for a draw.