Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Refreshed Barcelona To Destroy Deportivo At Camp Nou


Barcelona v Deportivo la Coruńa – Saturday 15:00 GMT

Barcelona face a confident Depor this week in their last league outing before they go off to Japan to compete in the World Club Championship.

They will look to go in style but it appears that Neymar is doubtful due to a thigh muscle injury picked up in training prior to the Champions League fixture against Bayer Leverkusen. Is this a disadvantage to Barca? Of course it is, but I think they will cope.

Up until last weekend’s draw at Valencia the proficiency of Barcelona's attacking trio had been exemplary and they would have been all looking to get back on track again this weekend. Messi started against Bayer Leverkusen and scored and Luis Suarez was rested, as were a number of regular established first teamers, so there will be no tiredness issues this week for Enrique.

I expect Enrique to select a full strength starting line-up, possibly including Thomas Vermaelen alongside Pique at the back, allowing Mascherano to play midfield with Busquets, Iniesta and Rakitic with the dynamic duo of Messi and Suarez up front.

Barcelona will, however, have to guard against the in-form Lucas Perez, who so far has racked up 10 of the 21 goals scored so far for Depor.  The sixth placed visitors are really punching above their weight this season under Victor Sanchez Del Amo but I don't see how Arribas and Sidnei, the two centre backs of Depor, can deny Suarez and Messi goalscoring opportunities.

Expect no joy for Depor and Suarez and Messi to take the numerous chances that will come their way.

Terry’s Tip

Barcelona 4 – 0 Deportivo 8.00