Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Back Lionel Messi To Hit Three vs Getafe

Barcelona - Getafe - Saturday 15.00 GMT

The only question here is how big the win will be for Barcelona. There is no way that Getafe will be the team to put a stop to the current 36-game unbeaten run of Luis Enrique's men.

Here is the evidence against Getafe: last week they took their first point in the last eight games in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla. That ended a run of seven straight defeats, and Emiliano Velazquez's late equaliser was their first goal in seven matches! 

Away from home they have only picked up five points, the worst total in La Liga. They have one win, two draws and 10 defeats, with a goal record of scoring just nine (the worst in the division) and conceding 34 (second worst in the division) in 13 games played on the road. 

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga : News Photo

Therefore it is a question of betting on the Barca win, goals scored and by whom, as I still expect Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to play in this one despite the Arsenal game coming up midweek.

I reckon Enrique could rotate Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic, bringing in Arda Turan and Sergi Roberto, but I would be surprised to see Sergio Busquets rested as he won't be doing too much on Saturday afternoon. He will still have plenty left in the tank for Arsenal.

Javier Mascherano is suspended for this one but Gerard Pique will play as he is suspended for the second leg v Arsenal, after that really unfortunate yellow card at the Emirates.

So I'm going for a strong line-up for Barca and for MSN to fill their boots. I predicted last week that they would get five, but it was only the four v Eibar away. I said Messi would get a hat trick, but he got 'only' got two.

I'm going to try once more again for a Barca 5-0 and a Messi hat-trick. 

Terry’s Tips

Barca to win 5-0 – 9.00

Messi to score a hat-trick – 6.75


Atletico Madrid - Deportivo La Coruńa - Saturday 19.30 GMT

Atletico are in fine form at the moment and I don't see any problems for them this week.

Depor are a strange team, they have made progress this season but their form has deteriorated recently.  They have now gone nine without a win in La Liga but six have been draws!

They have drawn the most games this season racking up 15 in total, five more than anyone else. They are nearly a good team, I think!


This is a good fixture for Diego Simeone's team prior to the very important Champions League 2nd leg v PSV which stands at 0-0 after their efforts in the away fixture. 

Simeone doesn't particularly like to rotate too much so I expect a very strong Atletico line-up.

Fernando Torres is excelling at this moment in time and I expect him to start over Luciano Vietto. Torres and fit-again Yannick Ferriera Carrasco had a huge impact on Atletico's impressive win last week at Valencia when they both came on in the second half, and I anticipate them continuing where they left off last week. 

There'll be nothing major goals-wise, but I'm going for a comfortable 2-0 Atletico win, and another clean sheet I guess. Obvious scorers would be Torres and Antoine Griezmann.

Terry’s Tip

Atletico to win 2-0 – 5.25


Levante v Valencia - Sunday 11.00 GMT

I'm predicting straightforward wins for the top 3 but I think this is a good game to look at.

This is a Valencia derby game and for Levante the situation is becoming dire. They currently sit bottom of the table and five points from safety. However their form of late has been good but their results don't reflect that. Time is running out for them and they have to win this week. I genuinely feel they have a chance in this game. The new January signings of Verdu and Guiseppe Rossi are helping the team to improve and last week they got a creditable away draw at Real Sociedad. 

I am also taking into account the fact that Valencia had a game on Thursday evening against Athletic Bilbao and this fixture kicks off at midday Spanish time.


That is not an awful lot of time to recover from a tough important game for Gary Neville's team. 

Recent home Levante defeats to Barcelona (2-0 with a 92nd minute goal from Luis Suarez) and a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid with an own goal, a Ronaldo penalty and a 90th minute goal from Isco suggest that they are capable of competing against a Valencia team who haven't kept a clean sheet in La Liga for 18 games. 

A surprise might be on the cards for this game so I'm predicting a Levante win by 2-1. Deyversen should be the best option for a goal.

Terry’s Tip

Levante to win 2-1 – 10.50


Las Palmas - Real Madrid - Sunday 19.30 GMT

Three wins on the trot for the relegation threatened Las Palmas team have given them a massive chance of surviving their first season back in the top flight. Wins against Eibar, Getafe and most impressively away last week at Villarreal will have given them genuine belief and confidence that they can take on Real Madrid in the hope they can maintain this fine form.

The Canary Islanders have been a great addition to the league this season and it will be great if they can almost nearly fill their 32,000-seater stadium for the first visit of Real Madrid in 14 years. After picking up nine points in a week they will feel that this is a free hit as huge underdogs. The pressure is off.  I'm expecting a plucky performance indeed.


Their main goal threat will come from former Real Madrid striker Willian Jose who has the potential to cause the Real back four problems. He is a big strong powerful player and has a touch of the Diego Costa about him. Tana is an exciting attacking central midfielder and Jonathan Viera out wide has skill and pace, they do have a goal in them. The big issue is how many will they need to score to get something out of this game.

Real Madrid look good to me for at least two or three goals. Cristiano Ronaldo is hungry for more goals and another Pichichi award, so I'm going to predict a narrow 3-2 win for Zidane's team. Ronaldo amongst the goals of course.

Terry’s Tip

Real Madrid to win 3-2 – 18.00