Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Injury-Hit Atletico To Stutter Again vs. Betis


Atletico Madrid - Real Betis - Saturday 15.00 GMT

It is tougher than usual to call this Atletico game due to a number of reasons.

Firstly, the surprise defeat in the last game against Sporting Gijon pretty much put paid to any reasonable chance of catching Barcelona.  They will also realise that their only chance of success this season will be in the Champions League, and they travel to the Nou Camp for the first leg on Tuesday.  

They unfortunately are suffering a mini injury crisis at the moment, specifically in one position: central defence.

Diego Godin is very doubtful for this game and the first leg against Barcelona, and Jose Maria Giminez his regular partner tore a hamstring against Sporting and will probably miss both the Champions League games. Stefan Savic has only just resumed training again after injury and youngster Lucas Hernandez returned from French under-21 duty with a back injury. Midfielder Saul is a possible makeshift replacement, but guess what he came back from playing for Spain under-21s injured too?! 

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I have no idea who will play centre back in this game, if any are fit do you risk them against Betis or play safe and wrap any central defender fit and ready in cotton wool until Tuesday? 

As things stand Atletico are nine points behind Barca, if Real Madrid win at the Nou Camp and Atletico win against Betis the gap would be six and possibly a title race is back on. The problem here is that Atletico play Betis a few hours before the Clasico!

If you throw everything at the Betis game, win, pick up any more injuries and then Barca beat Real Madrid then it would have all been in vain to the detriment of the Champions League tie. This is a massive dilemma for Simeone. 

Team selection will be vital to the outcome of this game. A full-strength and totally focused Atletico win this game all day long, but that is not the case this weekend. 

Betis are a team who have collected more points and wins away from home than in their own stadium this season. They have 19 points and five wins away, compared to three wins and 15 points at home so they are capable of surprising Atletico.

Goalscoring is an issue though for Betis in the fact that they seem to have only one player who scores in Ruben Castro. He has 15 of their 27 goals in La Liga, and their total also represents the lowest in the division. 

I'm just wondering if a 0-0 is on the cards in this one!

Terry’s Tip

Atletico 0-0 Betis – 9.50

 

Celta Vigo - Deportivo La Coruńa - Saturday 21.05 GMT

Here's something different for you this week.

This game is a huge deal in this part of the world. We haven't had the opportunity to see too many Galician derbies in recent seasons due to the different fortunes of the two clubs, so I'm very much looking forward to this one. With Depor winning their last game it means they are pretty close now to confirming their presence once again in the Primera Division next season. They are eight points clear of relegation in 10th place. 

Celta are having another fine season and lie in fifth place, six points off Villarreal and in a really good contest for a Europa League spot with Sevilla, who also have 48 points, and Athletic Bilbao who are one point behind. European football would be a terrific achievement for Eduardo Berizzo and Celta Vigo.

Their need to win this game is more than Depor's, and I believe home advantage will play its part too.

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Iago Aspas has been given the all clear to return after injury but John Guidetti, on recent form, might just keep him out of the starting line-up. Guidetti played well and scored in their victory at Valencia in their last match.

Lucas Perez is the big threat for Depor, who are the draw specialists in La Liga this season. They have drawn 15 of the 30 played.

No draw for me here though, as I'm predicting a home win for Celta with a 2-1 scoreline. Let's go with Nolito and Guidetti for Celta, and Perez for Depor.

Pretty specific there! 

Terry’s Tip

Celta Vigo 2-1 Deportivo La Coruna – 8.50