Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Tricky Eibar Trip For Real Madrid And Home Comforts For Sevilla

Eibar v Real Madrid - Sunday 15:00 GMT

Let's start with Eibar, sixth place Eibar. Just four points behind Real Madrid and a team, so far, that have only suffered 2 defeats this season, and those were against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

They finished last season in a relegation position but got a reprieve when Elche instead suffered a relegation punishment for financial irregularities. They went through a rebuilding process in the summer with 20 players and a manager departing and 16 players and a coach coming in. No money spent and no money received either - well there wouldn't be any money would there on home crowds of just 5000. Which, incidentally, will be the attendance this week against Real Madrid, with another sell out capacity game for the high flyers.

All that is after building a new stand too! Pride of place this weekend is a brand new Directors box (38 seats) for Florentino Perez and his minions to be able to enjoy this game in comfort. 

I wouldn't be surprised though if Rafa and his team find this game anything other than uncomfortable. A hard working opponent who play a direct style with two burly strikers leading the line will make life difficult for what appears to be a weaker back four of Real Madrid. Varane, Ramos and Marcelo are all likely to be missing from a defence that started the season off so well. It's a defence that has now conceded 10 goals in the last three games.

Don't expect an easy ride for under pressure Real Madrid, in fact I fancy Eibar to get something from this game. My prediction is a 1-1 draw. 

Terry’s Tips

Draw - 5.00

Eibar 1 – 1 Real Madrid - 11.50


Sevilla v Valencia - Sunday 19:30 GMT

Goodness me, trying to sort out these two is not an easy task. They are both under achieving big time this season and both managers are under severe pressure.

Sevilla crashed out midweek in the Champions League and it appears they are not even going to finish third in the group and they will not be able to have the consolation of defending back-to-back Europa League titles. That was a minimum requirement.

Valencia still have a chance to qualify and in all probability I think they will if they defeat Lyon at home in the last game. Then they must hope that Zenit want to finish off their 100% group record and beat Gent. 

Last week there were poor results for both teams. An away defeat for Sevilla to Real Sociedad and a disappointing home draw for Valencia with Las Palmas.

This reflects both teams’ inconsistencies. Prior to the International break Sevilla overpowered Real Madrid and Valencia thrashed impressive Celta Vigo 5-1 away from home.

However, I'm going to just go for Sevilla due to their home form. It’s four home wins on the trot for Unai Emery's team, including victories over Barcelona and Real Madrid. 

There are now no other distractions for Sevilla, who have to start immediately climbing the table to rescue their season. I believe they will this week with a 2-1 victory to make life difficult for Nuno Espírito Santo.

Terry’s Tips

Sevilla to win - 1.78

Sevilla 2 – 1 Valencia - 9.50