Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Real Madrid to hold their nerve and see off Barca for first title in 5 years


Malaga v Real Madrid - Sunday 7 PM

It is extremely likely now that Real Madrid will win their first La Liga title in five years.

They just have to avoid defeat against Malaga and the title is theirs.

A lot has been said about this game in terms of how hard Malaga will try to win!

It all stems from the fact that the Malaga coach is Michel, who happens to be a former Real Madrid playing legend. Over 14 seasons he accumulated six La Liga titles, amassing over 500 appearances, so it is fair to assume he is a true Madridista indeed!

However, football doesn't work like that and I genuinely believe that he would love his Malaga team to win on Sunday evening. In any case, surely that will be the objectives of the selected players in this fixture at the Rose Garden in the last match of the season, despite any suspicions of the manager’s allegiances.

The only way he could affect the game if he wanted to, would be to pick a suspect starting XI, and that is not going to happen.

Malaga are in great form, winning six of the last eight, and one of those was at home against Barcelona. Irrespective of the outcome in this game Malaga have certainly had a huge say on the destiny of the title. They drew at the Nou Camp and beat Barcelona at home, thus Barca only taking one point from six against the team from the Costa del Sol.

As I have already explained, I have no doubt that Michel and his team will want to win this game, and I expect a proper match.

If you start to second-guess the Malaga players’ attitudes, where would you start? Goalkeeper Kameni is a former Espanyol player, will he have any preference who wins the title? I wouldn't have thought so. Will former Atletico Madrid players Camacho and Keko be fussed who wins it? Probably not. Malaga's outstanding striker Sandro is a former Barcelona player and probably playing his last game for Malaga, who knows how he feels? And then we have former Real Madrid youngsters Luis Hernandez, Juan Carlos and Jose Rodriguez. Are they cheesed off that they never made it at the Bernabeu or are they still died in the wool Madridistas?

The one thing that will drive them on and unite them will be to finish off the season in style and for them to continue this excellent end to the season.

Attitude-wise I have no doubt about Malaga. Ability-wise, that's a different matter.

Zidane's rotation policy has paid off and Real are in top form, with two important games to go this season. A point needed for the title and then their attempt to be the first team to retain the Champions League in the modern era, against Juventus.

I actually believe they will achieve both. Sunday's game will be tight and nervy. They shouldn't underestimate Malaga and they will have to show the form they have displayed in recent weeks, there is still plenty of work for Real Madrid to do in this game.

I'm expecting a full throttle performance from both teams but with Real Madrid shading it in attacking ability.

I'm going to go for a 2-1 away victory (9.00) and of course the new centre forward version of Ronaldo to be amongst the goals(16.00).

 

Barcelona v Eibar - Sunday 7 PM

This is going to be interesting, purely based on what is happening in the other game, as both Barca and Real play simultaneously.

It is going to be one of those nights in the Nou Camp when the headphones and internet come into play.

For Barcelona to win the league, they have to win and Real Madrid have to lose.

Barca will win!

Eibar have drifted off the pace somewhat but have still had a really good season in general. They have fell short in what appeared at one time to be a genuine chance of European football. That would have been some achievement from the tiny Basque club but it wasn't to be.

They won't want to finish their season off with a thrashing at Barcelona, so I'm expecting some resistance but not enough to deny Barcelona what they need to.

I really cannot see any way that Eibar can get anything in this game in normal circumstances but these are not normal circumstances!

What will happen if Real Madrid race into an early decisive lead against Malaga and there is a massive air of despair in the Nou Camp? It could be somewhat anti climatic indeed and will that have a bearing on the performance of Messi and co.

That's certainly something to bear in mind regarding the outcome in this game.

I'm going to predict the result based on normal logical circumstances and go for a 4-0 win for Barcelona (8.00) matching the score line of their away win at the Ipurua back in January. "Close but no cigar" for Luis Enrique in his final La Liga game as boss of Barca.