Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Tough Baptism For Zidane And Barca To Get Back On Track


Saturday

Barcelona v Granada – 15:00 GMT

With three draws from the last four La Liga games it is imperative that Barca shape up against lowly Granada. It is certainly not a crisis for Luis Enrique's team but an indication that they need to focus a little more. Because of these recent draws against Valencia, Deportivo la Coruńa and last weekend versus Espanyol they have now slipped to second place behind Atletico. Admittedly, they are only two points behind and with a game in hand but after the Clasico win many thought that they would stride on comfortably towards yet another title.

With "new" players Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal now available to Luis Enrique I have no doubt that Enrique has a stronger squad and more options with these two quality players. They will be a huge benefit for Barcelona.

Granada come into the game on the back of a fine 2-1 win last time out in the league against Sevilla. Both goals were scored by teenagers Isaac Success and Adalberto Peńaranda who should both lead the line this weekend. Make a note of the name Adalberto Peńaranda. An 18-year-old from Venezuela who broke into the team in December and has now scored four in seven appearances. He is tall, athletic, and appears to be very talented. He is of course owned by Udinese and on loan at Granada, expect to see him maybe at Vicarage Road in the near future.

My prediction is a comfortable win for Barca by at least 4 goals.

Terry’s Tip - Barcelona to win -4 2.90

 

Real Madrid v Deportivo la Coruńa – 19:30 GMT

I don't know if you have heard but there has been a change of manager at Real Madrid.

The weekly Rafa Benitez sacking saga has been concluded in a very predictable and very popular way.

This is an attempt by Florentino Perez to rectify, what was seen at the time of Rafa Benitez's appointment, as being a rather disappointing underwhelming choice.

That feeling of underwhelming never went away and in all probability was never going to.

The best way to overcome, admit and move on from this mistake was to appoint a popular person to take over, cue Zinedine Zidane.

The appointment of Zidane has reinvigorated the atmosphere surrounding Real Madrid.

Can this last, is the big question?

All the media are claiming that Depor at home represents an easy start for Zidane but I'm not so sure. A seventh place team definitely should not be taken lightly.

It is going to be intriguing to see the methods of Zidane and I'm for one excited by his appointment but this week is not an easy start.

Depor have an in-form Lucas Perez with 12 goals this season, plenty of pace on the counter attack, energy in midfield and an experienced back four. I'm going to go for Real Madrid to edge it 2-1. 

Terry’s Tip – Real Madrid 2-1 Deportivo 13.00