Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Real Madrid To Fall Further Behind As Barca And Atletico Race Away


Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad – Tuesday 20:00 GMT

Another massive win for Atletico against rivals Real on Saturday will have given them a huge surge of confidence for the remainder of the season.  It will reinstall belief after they had lost twice to Barcelona and had drawn at home against Real, so to gain a victory over another contender would have taken a group of relatively young players to another level when it comes to competing against the other big two.

They still need to find more goals but they don't need bundles to win games. As they showed at the Bernabeu another clean sheet meant a solitary goal was all that was needed.

It may well be exactly the same against a rejuvenated Real Sociedad. Under Eusebio Sacristan they have definitely improved and are now finding a more realistic league position. Eusebio has now had 15 games in charge and his team have gained 25 points, this compares very favourable with David Moyes who left the club after 11 games having accumulated just nine points.

They are a team that normally plays just one of the two goalscoring strikers available in Agirretxe and Jonathas. However, both might be an option that Eusebio uses against Atletico.

Agirretxe has been injured lately and missed the last eight games. In his absence Jonathas seized his opportunity and showed exactly why Real Sociedad invested decent money to buy him from Elche in the summer by netting on a regular basis. Jonathas was suspended for the last game against Malaga and a returning Agirretxe coming off the bench notched an equaliser to rescue a point. If I was Eusebio I would try both together in an attempt to score against Atletico. Will he have the cojones?

Real Sociedad are on a good run of form with four wins and a draw in the last five and are now free from any relegation fears. It should be the time to unleash the two 6ft plus burly strikers as a partnership. It could get tasty against Godin and Giminez!

Despite all this, the clever option still has to be with another clean sheet for Atletico with them having only conceded 11 goals all season. I'm going to stick with the usual, Atletico 1-0 winners and Griezmann getting the winner against his former team.

Terry’s Tips

Griezmann to score first and Atletico to win 1-0 16.00

 

Levante v Real Madrid – Wednesday 20:00 GMT

Now, this is an interesting game.

 Levante are in danger of getting cut adrift at the foot of the table and desperately need all three points against Real Madrid. Real need to restore some pride and have to win to quell the savage criticism that is coming their way. If Los Blancos turn up fully motivated and turn on the style then Levante don't have a prayer.

I'm still not sure, however, how Real Madrid will respond to the home defeat against Atletico and to the fact that they are now 12 points behind Barcelona.

Ronaldo's post-match comments certainly would not have helped morale and I guess we will have to wait and see as to how they react.

Despite Levante being bottom they are certainly not useless, far from it. I still think they have a chance of staying up. They performed pretty well against Barca recently in only losing 2-0 at home, conceding an early own goal and a 92nd minute strike from Luis Suarez.

If Real Madrid and Ronaldo are sulking and moping, Levante could well nick a draw. They could emulate Malaga and Betis, who in recent weeks did exactly that in their own stadiums against Real Madrid, who are making hard work of beating teams away from home.

I'm going to stick my reputation on the line? And go for a 2-2!

Terry’s Tips

Draw 4.75

Levante 2-2 Real Madrid 17.00

 

Rayo Vallecano v Barcelona – Thursday 20:00 GMT

It's now consecutive weeks where Rayo have come back from 2-0 down to get draws against Sevilla and Betis. This is how the story goes at the moment for cult hero Rayo boss Paco Jemez. He picks a starting 11, leaves Manucho on the bench, waits for them to go two behind and then brings him on. This week he got two goals against Betis and the week before he came on after about 25 minutes and got the first goal to get Rayo back into the game v Sevilla.

If Rayo go two behind to Barca though, it will be a different kettle of fish entirely. There will be no comeback!

Barca did show signs of being jaded in the 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday but I think they really enjoy playing against a team that looks to take them on and to emulate the style of play that they employ.

Rayo will leave two at the back and everything will go through midfield veteran Roberto Trashorras, as they insist on playing obsessively out of the back they will try to dominate possession - yes even against Barcelona! They will not compromise at all and change their style against Barcelona, who will do exactly the same as Rayo but with slightly better players!

Despite signs of tiredness from Barca, I'm going to still go for a resounding victory for Luis Enrique's team by at least three goals. I guarantee one of those goals will come from Rayo suicidally playing out from the back!

Terry’s Tips

Rayo Vallecano 0-3 Barcelona 11.00

Barcelona -2 to win 2.28