Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Awesome Atletico Will Win Every Game But Big Scoring Barca Are Back


Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid - Saturday 15:00 GMT 

Believe it or not this is a really hard one to predict! Relegation threatened Rayo against Champion League semi-finalists and title chasing Real Madrid, how can that be?

It is purely down to the unpredictable nature of Rayo Vallecano. Paco Jemez and his team are finally finding a bit of form at just the right time with a win against Villarreal and then being cruelly denied all three points at Malaga midweek when conceding an equaliser in the 91st minute.

Rayo have a style that is quiet unique amongst the teams battling to survive relegation but it serves them well. They will not try to fight their way out of trouble in the usual style we associate with relegation threatened teams, they will look to play their way to safety by taking huge risks. This means playing out from the back into midfield, it means trying to dominate possession even against Real Madrid! There will be no concessions to their opponents.

Therefore, it could go one of two ways. Either Real win by a huge scoreline and Rayo contribute massively to their own downfall or Rayo pull off a memorable victory. There will be nothing in between.

The safer bet is for the Real Madrid win of course but don't say I didn't warn you.

I'm also wondering whether Ronaldo will play after pulling up midweek against Villarreal with a hamstring injury, incidentally when he took himself off leaving his team to play with 10 men for the last two and a half minutes that was the only two and a half minutes of La Liga action that he has missed all season. The bloke is a machine!

With Manchester City to play midweek will Zidane and Ronaldo take the risk?

Either way I'm predicting the 4-0 away win for Real Madrid, I'm playing safe!

Terry’s Tip

Rayo 0-4 Real Madrid 14.00

 

Atletico Madrid v Malaga - Saturday 17:15 GMT

Let's get this one out of the way now, Atletico will win all of their remaining La Liga games! That's my confident prediction. With just four games to go this is the first of three at the Vicente Calderon and just the one away from home against Levante. After Malaga, Rayo Vallecano and Celta Vigo are guests of Atletico and I just don't see any of these games troubling them.

At the start of the season I tipped Atletico for the title. I studied the fixture list and believed firmly that if they were close to either Barcelona or Real Madrid then I thought that the last few fixtures favoured Simeone's team.

Well they certainly are close to Barcelona and Real Madrid and they are not in the mood to let go now.

Suffice to say that despite all the respect I have for Malaga and their achievements this season I don't see them causing Atletico any problems in terms of conceding a goal.

Malaga are an interesting team having an identical goals for and against record of 31 Terrific in terms of defending but only scoring 31 in 34 games played doesn't suggest that they have the firepower to have any impact on this game.

The betting has to be on another clean sheet for Atletico, which will be their 22nd of the La Liga season and they still have only conceded 16 in total.

Also a nod in the direction towards Fernando Torres who is currently enjoying a purple patch having scored in all of his last five games.

My prediction is a 2-0 win for Atletico, nothing heavy as Malaga are themselves a well drilled defensive unit but Atletico to keep piling the pressure onto Barca.

Terry’s Tips

Ateltico Madrid to win without conceding 1.79

Atletico 2-0 Malaga 6.00

 

Barcelona v Sporting Gijon - Saturday 19:30 GMT

I guess we are all assuming that the Barca slump is over after the 8-0 demolition of hapless Deportivo on Wednesday evening.

I certainly don't believe that Sporting Gijon will do much better now that Luis Suarez and co have regained their goalscoring instincts.

This just has to be a Barca win and they will be playing after Real Madrid and Atletico on Saturday evening. If results go as expected for those two then Barca have to win again to stay top. It could well be that when Barcelona kick off against Sporting they will be in third place.

That will be no help whatsoever to Sporting who are desperate for points, they will be thankful that they won midweek against Sevilla which helped their cause massively to stay in the division but I just don't see any way that they will be collecting any points against a motivated Barcelona who have no other distractions.

The betting has to be on the goals, how many for Barcelona? How many for Luis Suarez who reached 30 La Liga goals on Wednesday scoring four and assisting 3, not a bad performance indeed. He is now just 1 behind Ronaldo in the race for the Pichichi.

I'm going for more than 5 for Barcelona.

Terry’s Tip

Barcelona to score over 5.5 goals 3.60