As we near the game, here’s a look at the key stats and facts related to the clash.
– Las Palmas have not won in their last six league games against Real Madrid (D2 L4), conceding an average of 3.33 goals per game.
– The last Las Palmas victory against Real Madrid in La Liga came October 3 2001 (4-2); in that game the current Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane scored.
– Las Palmas have only lost four of their last ten league games, although four of them were draws (W2).
– Real Madrid have won three of their last four away games in La Liga (L1), as many as they won in their previous eight (D4 L1).
– Zidane’s team have scored a league-high 25% of their goals in the 15 minutes before half time this season in La Liga.
– Only once in their La Liga history have Las Palmas collected fewer than 21 points (three points per win) after the opening 29 games, when they were ultimately relegated (1959/60, 18 points).
– Tana is the only current Las Palmas player to have scored against Real Madrid in La Liga, via two goals in three games.
– Paco Jémez has lost all eight of his league games against Real Madrid, with seven goals scored and 32 conceded, all of them coming as Rayo Vallecano manager.
– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in six consecutive La Liga games for the first since November 2014 (11). The Portuguese star has scored 14 goals in his last six appearances in the competition.
– Isco has been involved in at least one goal in four of his five league appearances against Las Palmas as a Real Madrid player (three goals and one assist).
Lionel Messi, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo lead the way for the top performing players from Europe’s top-five leagues in the last three months.
CIES Football Observatory, who have measured the performances of each player taking into account rigour, recovery, distribution, take on, chance creation and shooting, ranked Barcelona’s Messi as the top performing player.
Only players who have played at least 45 minutes in eight championship games during the last three months have been included, with the rankings broken down into positions. The results obtained by each player’s club were also taken into consideration as a weighting factor.
Messi leads the way overall and in the winger rankings, while Real Madrid’s Ronaldo and Kroos are top of the forward and defensive midfielder charts respectively. Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris (goalkepeers) and Christian Eriksen (box-to-box midfielders) head the table in their positions, while Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Mario Rui are leading the way for centre-backs and full-backs.
Messi’s rating of 93.7 is the highest overall, with Kroos receiving a score of 92.8 and Ronaldo a further two points back on 90.8. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is behind Messi in the wingers table, with a score of 89.9, while Gonzalo Higuain (87.4) and Harry Kane (87.1) are the two forwards closest to Ronaldo in the rankings.
You can check out the top ten for every position by clicking here.
In the Euro 2012 final, Spain had seven Barca players on the pitch at the same time at one point, but the current Spain squad for Friday’s friendly with Germany and next week’s fixture against Argentina has six Real Madrid players to Barcelona’s three.
“The generations change and new players emerge,” Ramos said. “Today there is more from Real Madrid than Barca, but that makes no difference.
“Barca’s philosophy before was more highlighted in the philosophy of the national side, and now it is more balanced.
“There are more clubs with players here, not just Madrid, also Valencia, Villarreal… and that is good for Spanish football.”
Ramos is joined by Madrid teammates Isco, Marco Asensio, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, and Lucas Vazquez in the current squad, with academy products Rodrigo and Dani Parejo, both now at Valencia, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea, and former Madrid player Jose Callejon, now at Napoli.
With Sergio Busquets’ injury, Barcelona are represented only by Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, and Gerard Pique, along with La Masia graduates Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) and Pepe Reina (Napoli).