Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Hostile Sevilla Could Take A Point Off Real


Celta Vigo - Valencia - Saturday 15.00 GMT

There was a great 3-2 win for Celta last week away at Real Sociedad in one of the games of the season so far. Valencia had a straightforward 3-0 win at home to Levante, but that has probably been the only time this season that there has been any hint of serenity at the Mestalla.

Valencia are having a torrid start to their campaign and manager Nuno is under increasing pressure. He could, in fact, be favourite to be the 3rd La Liga boss to be sacked this season, with defeat at Gent in the Champions League only adding to his woes. 

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Celta, on the other hand, are being labelled the "surprise package" and stand in 3rd place. They are a good team with an outstanding coach and play in an attractive manner.

I really can't see Valencia getting anything in this game, and with Celta having all week to prepare I can't look beyond the win. I'll say 2-0 with the usual suspects, Iago Aspas and Nolito, getting on the scoresheet.

Terry’s Tips

Nolito to score at any time – 2.55

Iago Aspas to score at any time – 2.75

Celta to win 2-0 – 11.00

 

Barcelona - Villarreal - Sunday 15.00 GMT

There's an entertaining game in prospect here, with both sides playing a similar possession-based style.

The good news for Villarreal is that Roberto Soldado isn't suspended for the trip to the Nou Camp, after it appears that there was an administrative error in the referee's report from the win over Sevilla meaning his booking has been overturned. Only in La Liga!

That was big win for Villarreal last week after only collecting one point from three games, and slipping down the table after briefly being on top.

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However Barca have played five at home, won all five and scored 15 goals, averaging three a game. I am expecting a similar goal haul again, and guess who I'm backing to be among the goals? The last 14 La Liga goals scored by Barcelona have all been scored by Neymar and Luis Suarez with seven apiece. They were also both at it again midweek in the Champions League sharing the three against BATE Borisov.

Therefore I'm heading towards a Barca 3-0 victory.

Terry’s Tips

Luis Suarez to score at any time – 1.76

Neymar to score at any time – 1.79

Barca to win 3-0 – 9.50

 

Atletico Madrid - Sporting Gijon - Sunday 17.15 GMT

There's fair bit of conflict at Atletico Madrid regarding their style of play. Too many times this season they have seized the initiative, scored the opening goal and then retreat and change emphasis into defending their lead. They have a tremendous defence indeed but tend to rely on their ability to regularly keep clean sheets. Last week they came unstuck at Deportivo la Coruńa and it cost them two points.

They were dominant in the first half and worked hard to get the lead through midfielder Tiago, but then there was a total contrast in the second half performance. There were hardly any attempts at goal, no threat going forward and they were solely reliant on keeping a good shape with men behind the ball. This allowed Depor more ball and the chance to go the other way. Atletico were only one mistake away from disaster and that is exactly what happened. Centre-back Jose Giminez was the culprit with complacency in possession near his own goal, and had his pocket picked by Lucas Perez who then finished off in style. Typical Atletico I'm afraid, but they normally get away with it.

Diego Simeone claims it is not his instruction to play this way, but I'm not having that at all as nobody does anything at Atletico without Simeone's say so. The criticism has been from all angles and even some Atleti fans are questioning their manager.

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As a team they are better than this. Last week they were so dominant it could have been a three or four-nil win if they so desired, but they end up drawing 1-1. Their ambitions have to be higher. 

There was a crucial win last time out for opponents Sporting, defeating Malaga 1-0 at home with the impressive Barcelona youngster Halilovic getting the winner. 

Having said that I'm expecting Atletico to be too strong for newly promoted Sporting, and also to finally put their foot firmly on the gas and answer some critics. I'll go 4-0 Atletico.

Terry’s Tip

Atletico to win 4-0 – 11.50

 

Sevilla - Real Madrid - Sunday 19.30 GMT

A very hostile Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan atmosphere awaits both teams in this fixture. Real Madrid always receive an intense welcome at this stadium, but I'm also expecting the home team to be on the receiving end going into this game.

They are underachieving this season and their fans will let them know when they take to the field agains Rafa Benitez's team.

Sevilla are languishing in 11th place and are eight points off 4th spot already. Defeat midweek against Manchester City would have only increased the anxiety and we are all expecting better from Sevilla. Could there be a return to form this weekend? They have beaten Barcelona at home this season and if they play well, a big if, they could trouble unbeaten Real.

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Regarding Real Madrid, everything in the garden appears to be rosy! That's always a worry if you ask me. Still unbeaten under Rafa, they are not conceding many goals and some star players making their way back from injury.

In all honesty they have not been brilliant but taking into account the extensive injury list no more could have been asked from Cristiano Ronaldo & co.

I'm looking therefore towards honours being even in this game with a low scoring draw.

Terry’s Tip

Draw – 3.85

Correct Score 1-1 – 9.00