REMEMBER Terry Gibson? Well, we've signed him and while he won't be kicking a football he'll be looking into his crystal ball and bringing us his best Spanish tips every week.
The ex-Spurs, Coventry and Manchester United striker is probably best remembered for his time as part of the infamous Wimbledon Crazy Gang side of the late 80s and early 90s. Now an expert in all things La Liga he works as a pundit and co-commentator on Sky Sports’ Spanish football coverage and is a contributor to unibet.
Here he previews Leganes' trip to the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid v Leganes (Sat 5.30pm)
A difficult one to call in terms of the mentality and team selection of Madrid. Coming between the Champions League semi-finals against Bayern Munich it’s a given that Zidane will rest players. For Real to retain their title they have to win all five remaining games including beating Barcelona away by a scoreline of 4-0 and hope that Barcelona don’t pick up another point this season!
In fairness, we haven’t had a genuine title race all season. Of course one of those players that didn’t play any part against Bayern is Gareth Bale. He will start in this game on Saturday and I imagine will be playing with an angry attitude, or I at least hope so.
With Isco and Lucas Vazquez picked ahead of him to start and then Asensio and Benzema going on as subs it’s pretty clear that Zidane just doesn’t fancy him at the moment. I have to say I am surprised with the rapid turnaround in the relationship and trust shown by Zidane to Bale.
I’m sorry but Lucas Vazquez is no Gareth Bale in my opinion. I know he is a grafter and a very honest player but he is not in any way shape or form a better player than an in-form and confident Bale. Vazquez is a good player don’t get me wrong but in terms of star quality I’m sure a defender would much rather play against Vazquez than Bale.
The second leg is still in the balance with Real having a good advantage but no more than that, so I imagine this will be a much-changed team from Zidane.
He did this in the Copa del Rey this season at home to Leganés and they got knocked out! In this game though I’m going for the “angry mob” of Bale, Benzema and Dani Ceballos to still have too much quality for Leganés I’m going for an emphatic 3-0 win for Real Madrid with Bale getting the first goal. Ronaldo won’t play in this one!
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