Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Back Keylor Navas To Continue Fine Form


Real Madrid - Las Palmas - Saturday 15.00 GMT

High flying and unbeaten, Real Madrid welcome a Las Palmas team with only one win under their belt to the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend.

Newly promoted Las Palmas have already sacked their manager Paco Herrera after only eight games which frankly was a ridiculous decision. He got the club promoted and was given a new contract just before the season started! They have replaced him with Quique Setien who at the age of 57 is getting his first opportunity to coach in the top flight of Spanish football. His first game was a creditable 0-0 at home to Villarreal which put an end to a three game losing streak, but this will be a lot tougher for him.

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Narrow away defeats for Las Palmas away to Atletico (1-0) and Barcelona (2-1) show that they might put up a reasonable fight against Real. However Rafa Benitez should have a couple of injured players back available for selection this week which will make his team even more potent. Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez are both expected to play a part in this game, and Rafa will be hoping for a easier afternoon for goalkeeper Keylor Navas who has been in inspired form this season and has played a significant part in Real only conceding three goals in nine games.

I cannot see Las Palmas scoring so this will be another clean sheet for Real, and I expect this to be no more than a loosener for them before they play PSG on Tuesday. 

A comfortable win for Real, then, and I'm only going for a 3-0 unless Cristiano Ronaldo smells blood and then it could be higher! 

Terry’s Tips

Real to win to nil – 1.82

Correct Score: 3-0 – 8.50

 

Villarreal - Sevilla - Saturday 17.15 GMT

Fifth-placed Villarreal play Sevilla who have crept back into form recently and now find themselves in a more realistic 8th position in La Liga after a very slow start.

Villarreal topped the division recently but have only taken one point from their last three games, whereas Sevilla have three wins and a draw in their last four including a victory over Barcelona. Unai Emery's team are now getting back into their stride and I expect that to continue this weekend. 

The goals have dried up a bit for Villarreal with only two in their last four games, whereas Sevilla have 11 in their last four.

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Kevin Gameiro has led the line in terms of goals for Sevilla and picked up a hat-trick last week in the game against Getafe. Yevhen Konoplyanka is settling in nicely too and is a threat out wide. 

Villarreal need somehow to get back on track quickly and that means a return to form for Cedric Bakambu and Roberto Soldado in front of goal. Both started the season showing great promise individually and importantly as a partnership but that is slowly diminishing. 

This game really promise to be easy on the eye with both teams looking to be very technical in terms of skill level, but I'm going for the faster attacking approach from the away side.

A 2-0 away victory for Sevilla, with goals for Gameiro and Konoplyanka. 

Terry’s Tips

Kevin Gameiro to score at any time – 3.15

Yevhen Konoplyanka to score at any time – 4.75

Correct Score: 0-2 – 20.00

 

Getafe - Barcelona - Saturday 19.30 GMT

This fixture last season surprisingly resulted in a scoreless draw. Barca then responded with a 6-0 victory in the return home game, though, and I'm going for somewhere in the middle this weekend.

Getafe showed their defensive frailties last week when they were thumped 5-0 at Sevilla. Incidentally they conceded three penalties, picked up a red card and unbelievably there were two other penalty shouts that should have been given too! 

Getafe's defenders are appearing to struggle with quick-footed skilful attacking players in and around the penalty box. So it might be an understatement to suggest that Barcelona might cause a problem or two. Neymar and Luis Suarez are in fine form and will relish the opportunity of attacking the rather immobile Getafe defenders. Also Andres Iniesta is back from injury and he has been known to beat a defender or two in his time.

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Barca have been defeated twice on the road already this season but I certainly don't expect Getafe to emulate Celta Vigo or Sevilla in inflicting more pain on them. 

I'm expecting a heavy Barcelona win. I also wouldn't be surprised to see them keep their first clean sheet in 8 games.

A 4-0 win for Barca, with two each for Suarez and Neymar. 

Terry’s Tips

Luis Suarez to score at least twice – 4.75

Neymar to score at least twice – 4.75

Correct Score: 0-4 – 16.00