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 two Sunday matches.
Atletico Madrid v Eibar (Sun 5.30pm)
It will be celebration time at the Wanda on Sunday. The Europa League champions will look to celebrate in style so that probably means a 1-0 home win! I’m only joking. However, I’m backing a vibrant Atletico to win this game. Eibar are actually ideal opponents who will probably lack the genuine motivation to upset proceedings but they have had a season to be proud of once again.
For Eibar and a club with their resources to be able to finish with 50 points and a likely top half finish is remarkable, but I’m expecting a home win in this match. It’s possible and very likely that it will also be Antoine Griezmann’s final game in an Atletico shirt before he heads off to Barcelona and the Europa League final hero will want to bow out in style.
Likewise for Fernando Torres, who is definitely lining up for the last time for his club. The Atletico legend has to be nailed on to score in this game doesn’t he? Is it too predictable to go for the 2-0 home win with both of them scoring in their farewell appearances? I’m going for it though!
It’s a 2-0 win for me with Griezmann getting the first and Torres the second. I’m writing the script that pre-empts the cliché!
- Atletico 2, Eibar 0 (13-2, Unibet)
- Griezmann to score first (13-1, Unibet)
- Atletico win to nil (9-5, Unibet)
Barcelona v Real Sociedad (Sun 7.45pm)
This is the final game of the season and it is a standalone fixture for the league champions and Iniesta’s final appearance as a Barcelona player. It’s a great way to wrap up the campaign.
It’s still hard to believe that Barcelona got beat last week when they were so close to going the whole season unbeaten, especially as they knew they were playing Real Sociedad at home in the last game.
Real Sociedad haven’t won at the Nou Camp since 1991.
Their last point picked up with a draw was back in 1995 and Barcelona have won 19 on the trot at home against them. All they had to do was to avoid defeat last week at Levante and they were home and dry!
So of course I expect Barcelona to beat Real Sociedad at home once again, it’s a given. Lionel Messi missed last week’s game and surely it’s not a coincidence that they lost.
To not even have him on the bench was a poor decision from the Barcelona boss and in fairness he hasn’t made too many of those this season. Messi has again been confirmed as a non-starter so I'll go with Luis Suarez to score first.
I’m going for a clear victory in style for Barcelona with a 5-0 scoreline. Somewhat harsh maybe for Real Sociedad but I’m banking on Barca being slightly irritated after last week's result and Real Sociedad having to suffer because of it.
Is there going to be a possible farewell goal from Iniesta? Not as likely I’m afraid as Griezmann and Torres but certainly not out of the question if a penalty is involved.
- Barca 5, Sociedad 0 (16-1, Unibet)
- Suarez to score first (3-1, Unibet)
- Barca to score 4+ (14-5, Unibet)
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