Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Sorry Gary, Barca's Three Amigos Will Be Too Good For Valencia


Real Madrid – Getafe – Saturday 15.00 GMT

Despite the recent troubles at Real Madrid I don't expect any dramas this weekend.

Real will just be too strong for Getafe, pure and simple. Getafe's away form this season reads six games played, with five defeats and one draw. Their points total of 14 isn't too bad at this stage of the season, but only one point away from home doesn't suggest they are capable of getting anything at the Bernabéu.

Real are struggling with some defensive injuries, with maybe no Ramos, Marcelo, Varane and Carvajal at the weekend, but offensively they have too much for Getafe to deal with. Lafita and Alvaro Vazquez will be the main threat to a weakened back four but I still expect Pepe and co to cope comfortably.

Cadiz v Real Madrid - Copa del Rey: Round of 32 : News Photo

We saw Ronaldo miss two easy chances last week against Eibar but he got on the sheet eventually by scoring a penalty. Gareth Bale likewise got back on the goal trail with only his third of the season so I'm expecting both to be in form and confident this weekend.

I'm going to go goal heavy for Real Madrid with them scoring at least four. Rafa Benitez just might have a decent stress free few days next week for a change!

Terry’s Tip

Real Madrid to score over 3.5 goals – 2.23

 

Granada - Atletico Madrid – Saturday 17.15 GMT

There have only been two wins so far this season for Granada, with one at home and one away.

They have only managed to score six goals in their six home games, and they are facing statistically the best defence in La Liga.

Can Atletico find some form in front of goal though? That is the big question.

Three consecutive 1-0 victories for Simeone's team means that they are on the right track defensively, but they are getting hard to watch at the moment. Last week against Espanyol it was a defensive masterclass with goalkeeper Jan Oblak rarely having to use his hands.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-ATLETICO-ESPANYOL : News Photo

They don't allow shots on goal and don't even allow crosses into the box but somehow they are finding it difficult to put teams away and cruise through games knowing the result isn't in doubt. Preceding these three victories they came unstuck against Deportivo La Coruńa away from home, they were winning 1-0 until late in a game they should have run away with but got caught out by a rare defensive mistake by Jose Maria Giminez and it cost them points. If they don't start converting a higher percentage of chances this might just happen again.

However, I'm going to predict an unsurprising 1-0 away victory for Atletico. Antoine Griezmann is the only striker in form scoring the winning goal twice in this run of three 1-0 wins.

With his pace, confidence and form it will be no surprise to see him be decisive for Atletico once again.

Terry’s Tip

Scorecast: Griezmann to score first & Atletico to win 1-0 – 15.00

 

Valencia – Barcelona – Saturday 19.30 GMT

I have no idea what to expect from Valencia this week!

With Nuno departing and surprisingly being replaced by Gary Neville – who doesn't start until the midweek Champions League fixture with Lyon – it is almost impossible to predict how they will fare under the interim management of Salvador Gonzalez (Voro) and Phil Neville.

A relatively strong line up was selected for the Copa del Rey win at Barakaldo, but team selection has been a major issue so far this season. With 27 players in the squad who all expect to be playing, Nuno embarked on a mission to try to keep them all happy and interested except for Alvaro Negredo – who was ostracised in October – but it failed miserably.

There was no consistency in team play due to the numerous changes in every game. The tired old reasoning of the necessity to rotate the team due to the club’s participation in the group stage of the Champions League just didn't sit right. The selection policy failed Nuno big time. It was no surprise to see Valencia make 6-7 changes every game.

Valencia CF Training and Press Conference : News Photo

Therefore predicting their form and line up for this game v Barcelona is difficult. Who will pick the team this week, Voro, Phil or Gary?

They will also be without the suspended Joao Cancelo and Javi Fuego who were both sent off in last week’s defeat at Sevilla. Shkodran Mustafi, who is the lynchpin of the defence, is also out injured.

It is also going to be interesting to witness the fans reaction in the Mestalla to the appointment of Neville this weekend. Nuno was the focal point of all the fans dissent on a match day as owner Peter Lim and super agent Jorge Mendes were rarely in the stadium, so he bore the brunt of it.

The supporters’ complaints are due to the ongoing issues regarding the running of the club and the influence that Mendes has over Lim in appointing Nuno, and then the buying and selling of players. The fans are annoyed, and that is an understatement, about how much the club have paid for individual players who have underperformed.

FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad de Futbol - La Liga : News Photo

Valencia on their day – which has been rare this season – are more than capable of giving in-form Barcelona a very tough game.

Due to this uncertainty though, and Barca's outstanding current form, I'm going to once again plump for an away victory for Luis Enrique's team.

At least 3 goals appears to be the favourite amount for them at the moment and I think that will be the case again with the front three in irresistible form.

All three to score again must be a good bet.

Terry’s Tips

Lionel Messi to score at any time – 1.66

Luis Suarez to score at any time – 1.69

Neymar to score at any time – 1.76