Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Suarez To Savage Sevilla & A 'Dead Cert' 0-0!


Sevilla - Barcelona - Saturday 15.00 GMT

As you can gather, I'm not a big fan of rotational selection - at this stage of the season anyway!

That has been a huge issue once again for Sevilla manager Unai Emery. I have no idea what his team will be for this game and I imagine the same goes for the players too!

Juggling La Liga with the Champions League is not working out at all for Sevilla or the boss. They got their first win in the league last week, stumbling over Rayo Vallecano by three goals to two to lift them off the bottom of the table, but then they followed that up with a very meek performance against Juventus in the Champions League with only one attempt at goal. They were lucky to only concede twice.

FBL-ESP-LIGA-SEVILLA-RAYO-VALLECANO : News Photo

For Luis Enrique, rotation is not an option. He is barely able to fill the bench due to injuries at the moment so there will be some young unfamiliar names in reserve for this game. Lionel Messi is obviously the most famous casualty, whilst Andres Iniesta is the latest to suffer and will be missing from this game too. 

Luis Suarez is the player having to stand up and lead from the front, and he is doing exactly that with three goals since Messi went off injured v Las Palmas. He sure could do with a helping hand from Neymar and I'm sure that will come here.

Barca's starting line up will still be too strong for an unconvincing Sevilla. Traditionally this is one of the "tough" games for potential title winners but I'm expecting Barca to prevail.

I'll say 2-1 to Barcelona with Neymar and Suarez netting. 

Terry’s Tips

Luis Suarez to score at any time – 2.18

Neymar to score at any time – 2.48 

Barcelona to win 2-1 – 9.50

 

Malaga - Real Sociedad - Saturday 21.05 GMT

Myself and my colleagues at Sky have been joking all week that this is an absolute cert to be 0-0 and it's hard to argue against. The reason? Malaga haven't scored this season after six games, and Real Sociedad don't mind a blank either scoring in only two of their six La Liga games played so far!

You get my drift. 

St Johnstone v Real Sociedad - Pre Season Friendly : News Photo

Malaga's games so far have been three 0-0 draws, including last week at the Bernabeu, and three 1-0 defeats including one at The Nou Camp. They are hard to beat and break down but they cannot find a route to goal for love nor money. To add to their woes Nordin Amrabat, their only big money signing of the summer and main striker, is now suspended after receiving a straight red card last week v Real Madrid. 

Imanol Agirretxe is the main striker at the moment for Real Sociedad after getting a recent hat trick away to Granada. Carlos Vela is a player that should be contributing more also, so he is due a goal and I have no doubt that Real Sociedad have more quality in attack. However how will David Moyes play it against Malaga? Will he go all out for a win and goals against a sterile attack, or will he play safe to avoid a defeat? 

I can't resist the 0-0.

Terry’s Tips 

0-0 Draw – 8.00