La Liga Betting: Real Madrid v Sporting Gijon

After a successful despatch of their cross-city rivals, Real Madrid’s next task is to shoot down an opponent fighting for their La Liga lives, Sporting Gijón.

A 1-4 demolition of Atlético Madrid on Wednesday evening saw José Mourinho’s men restore a four point advantage at the summit of La Liga over great enemies Barcelona. It was a game that showed Madrid’s collective strength, but also emphasised the ability of one individual – Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese is breaking all records before him, and it’s seemingly impossible to bet against him. The feeling is the streak will continue, so to back him at is essentially a freebie. To increase the odds, get on him at 3.25 to start the scoring. Not a fan of him? Well, 2.90 not to score is there for you. He’s also just one booking away from missing El Clásico though, so will need to tread carefully.

Like his rival Pepe Guardiola, Mourinho may also choose to rest several players for this encounter with Champions League next week. Xabi Alonso is out through suspension, so either Nuri Sahin or Esteban Granero will come in for the ex-Liverpool man. However, it’s likely to be the Turk. José Callejón could start too, his record off the bench has been excellent this season and to see him score here is a decent 2.00 at anytime.

Madrid are 17 games unbeaten as it stands and it’s difficult to see them not making it 18. The odds are inevitably low on them to win outright, so a scoring market could be your best angle. A 3-0 victory is a 7.50, and 4-0 at 8.00. Maybe they’ll take it easy however, and 2-0 is 8.75. It’s difficult to see Sporting scoring, and they have the leakiest defence in La Liga shipping an average 1.9 goals a game.

Sporting’s victory over Levante came as somewhat of a shock, despite being at home. It was only their 3rd win in 15, and at one stage it didn’t look likely.

Coach Javier Clemente suffered the wrath of the fans, before, during and after the Levante game. His team selections have confused many, and confidence is clearly low within the squad. However, they dug deep from somewhere and got a surprise late winner. To get another three points, they’re out at 34.00.

Clemente, despite needing three points, will likely set up his team deep like he did against Barça at Camp Nou. Expect four defenders, and five midfielders all behind the ball with one striker as the focal point – it’s hardly inspiring stuff but represents their best chance, in terms of playing on the counter attack. Them keeping it 0-0 at HT is available for 7.00, which isn’t bad at all.

The main news from Sporting’s camp is the absence of David Barral. He’s scored 9 of Sporting’s 32 goals this season in the league, and Clemente took the decision to leave him out. With that in mind, the small of chance of a goal will have to come from somewhere else. Adrián Colunga has been a rare positive since arriving at the club, and he can be found at 5.00,

Miguel de las Cuevas, scorer of Sporting’s goal in this fixture last season, is at 6.50.

It might be most suitable to stick to yellow card markets in-game when it comes to Sporting, as a goal looks unlikely. Despite the victory in this fixture last year, Sporting are a different outfit now and lack the fight and drive they once had. It’s a question what gear Mourinho has Madrid play in here, and how ruthless they wish to be. Again, like Barça in their fixture, it might be best to get this over early.

PREDICTION: Real Madrid to win with ease.

BEST BET: Real Madrid to get a penalty, and score, is 3.50.