Terry Gibson's La Liga Betting: Real Madrid to slip up again at Eibar with Barca to take advantage


Eibar v Real Madrid

This is only the sixth ever meeting between these two and the third time Real Madrid have visited the Ipurua. It has been a happy hunting ground for them so far, with wins on both of their previous visits. Eibar are yet to score, with Real running out winners on both occasions thanks to healthy victories of 4-0 and 2-0.

The unusual surroundings of The Ipurua haven't bothered Real Madrid in the past but they are facing a much better version of Eibar in this game.

Real Madrid are, of course, experiencing a difficult time at the moment after giving Valencia, Villarreal and Las Palmas a two goal head start in each of their last three games. They lost to Valencia, won 3-2 at Villarreal and just about salvaged a draw at home to Las Palmas.

They are showing great spirit when all looks lost but it must be alarming for Zidane to see how poorly his team are playing.

Let's face it, after being so consistent all season they were due a blip, it's natural, even for Real Madrid.

Can they get back on track in this game? I'm not so sure.

Eibar are in terrific form and are a really good team. They lie in seventh position and fully deserve to be there.

A recent run of four wins, a draw and a sole defeat away to Sevilla means they are in a confident mood. These are dangerous opponents for Real Madrid.

I genuinely believe Jose Luis Mendilibar believes his team can get something from this game, and it was rather telling that on Tuesday evening he rested his best two strikers for the away game at Real Sociedad. Sergi Enrich has 10 goals this season and Adrian Gonzalez has notched 6. They still got a draw with a last minute equaliser from the impressive former Real Madrid player Pedro Leon.

Mendilibar has set his sights on a famous victory against one of the big boys in La Liga.

Real Madrid will also be without the suspended duo of Bale and Morata. Modric, Benzema and Casemiro should return after being rotated against Las Palmas.

Eibar are without former Manchester City central defender Florian Lejeune, no I didn't know he was there either! The 25-year-old Frenchman has been a big hit at Eibar and will be missed in this game. He is suspended after receiving two yellow cards against Real Sociedad. The club appealed against the second yellow, as you could clearly see that there was absolutely no contact with Xabi Prieto when winning a header on the halfway line. That was confirmed after witnessing the replay from every angle. Prieto went down holding his head rolling around in agony!  All the evidence was there yet they still lost an appeal. Unbelievable!



Will Real Madrid be rolling around in agony after this game? It certainly is possible.

If Real Madrid are back in form then they will be too strong for Eibar. If they are not then life will become even more complicated for Zinidine Zidane.

A dodgy pitch, a small cramped 6000 capacity stadium, which only had 2600 in for the last home game against Malaga, could prove to be very uncomfortable for Real Madrid on Saturday. Don't underestimate Eibar, this is a very tough game.

It's a difficult one to call so I'm going for a 2-2 draw (13.00).

 

 

Barcelona v Celta Vigo

After the dramatic announcement from Luis Enrique on Wednesday evening, it is going to be interesting to see how the season now pans out for Barcelona.

At the moment they are far from their best but are winning. A great win last weekend at Atletico, in which I called the exact scoreline, was followed by an expected thumping of Sporting Gijon. I predicted 5 but it was 6!

This is an intriguing fixture due to both clubs competing next midweek in Europe.

Barca face the second leg against PSG at the Nou Camp on Wednesday and Celta play Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday.

Personally, I don't think it should be an issue for players to play in both games but we know how anxious coaches get with the games coming thick and fast.

Barca do normally win this fixture in their own stadium. They have struggled recently away against Celta, where they lost 4-3 earlier in the season. Last season this ended up with a 6-1 Barcelona win but the season before Celta won 1-0 famously in the Nou Camp.

Enrique did rest a significant amount of players in the midweek win against Sporting and he might rotate slightly in this one. Eduardo Berizzo will do likewise for Celta.

This is certainly not going to be easy for Barcelona but having been allowed back into the title race by Real Madrid I expect them to continue their winning run in this game.

It certainly won't be a 6-1 that's for sure but I expect them to win a closely fought game.

Keep an eye out on the new system from Enrique of a switch between 3-4-3 in possession to a 4-4-2 out of possession! It's certainly far from perfected just yet.

The prolific Iago Aspas if he starts might just take advantage (4.30 to score).

This will be something regular like a 2-1 Barca victory (11.00) in my opinion.