Our man-in-the-know based on the continent is tipping both teams to score in Osasuna, while on Sunday, he is backing Los Blancos’ neighbours Atlético Madrid to beat Real Zaragoza, with some help from Radamel Falcao.
Finally, El Tipstro reckons Barcelona are a good shout to beat Malaga in a high-scoring game, with his long shot Lionel Messi to net three goals or more.
With Ronaldo picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in a 4-3 win against Real Sociedad last weekend, the onus will fall on Benzema to fire Madrid to maximum points. The 25-year-old has been in good form, scoring three goals and creating a further four in his last four outings. El Tipstro’s opening bet then, is Benzema to score any time against Osasuna at 4/5.
Los Blancos are currently in disarray, encapsulated by Mourinho’s decision to drop Iker Casillas for their clash against Real Sociedad, only for second-choice keeper Antonio Adán to get sent off within minutes of kick-off. Madrid have conceded a remarkable 10 goals in their last four La Liga games. Bearing this in mind, El Tipstro considers both teams to score to be remarkable value at 4/5.
With Radamel Falcao suspended for Atlético’s last La Liga game, it’s no surprise that they were unable to beat islanders Mallorca. The Colombia international returns to the starting line-up for the visit of Real Zaragoza, and he can add to his 16 league goals already this term. Falcao to score first and Atletico to win is a good shout at 11/8.
This is outstanding value bearing in mind the recent history between Barcelona and Malaga, and of course the Catalan side’s 18-game unbeaten record this season (17 wins). Barça’s last two trips to Malaga have resulted in 3-1 and 4-1 victories, while they’ve scored a total of 15 goals in their last four meetings. So, El Tipstro reckons over 3.5 goals and Barcelona to beat Malaga is outstanding value at 2/1.
Who’d count against Messi notching a hat-trick to celebrate his recent Ballon d’Or triumph? Certainly not El Tipstro! Our man based on the continent reckons it’s a possibility, not least because the Argentina netted three at Malaga in January 2012. He scored 92 goals that year, and El Tipstro reckons Messi to take his tally to at least four goals for 2013 is worth a couple of quid at 5/1.
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