Las Palmas vs. Sporting Gijon / La Liga – Both of these teams were expected to be in the lower part of the table, but Las Palmas managed to bounce and they are from the start of the season in the top part and they are only recently in the middle of the table, as they made a few slightly weaker results. Sporting failed to make such a step, and they are from the start low on the table, now even in the relegation zone and they certainly will not certainly have an easy time to the finish. Las Palmas is easily dropping and three games without a victory, but it can be said that they will experience the elimination from the Cup because of a home defeat by Atletico. Sporting was already eliminated from the Cup because of two defeats from Eibar, while they also suffered two defeats in the championship. Last season, Sporting was successful in their mutual duels and they won 1-1 away, while they celebrated with 3-1 at home. Begins: 07.01.2017. – 18:30 CET
Las Palmas is in an evident drop of form and from the positions that were at one point even bringing a placement on the European scene, they dropped to the middle of the table and it would be nice to stop that fall now, especially because their opponent is the first team that is below the line so those three points would practically mean that they no longer have to even think about the struggle for survival. They had two minor rivals, Leganes and Alaves which they have failed to win and both matches ended in a draw, while they of course could not fairly confront Atletico objectively away, although they have perfectly opposed and were defeated only with 1-0.
They have provided poorer resistance to the same rival in the first Cup match which was played at home, so they will probably end their performance in this competition because of these 0-2. Coach Setien made a few changes in the composition and it seems as if they did not have the right ambition in the Cup. We expect much stronger composition for this championship duel and return of Varasa on the goal and Livaja and Boateng in the offensive part of the team. Araujo is injured, Artiles is also absent, while Montoro Montoro's performance is questionable.
Probable lineups Las Palmas: J.Varas – Simon, Bigas, D.Garcia, H.Lopes – Mesa, V.Gomez, Viera – Tana, Livaja, Boateng
Sporting is having big problems, and it is not certainly because they were eliminated from the Cup, but because of the situation on the table. Cup was already been in the background anyway, and it showed in both duels against Eibar, which they lost with no real resistance. Sporting must focus all forces on La Liga, because as things stand now their Premier league status is seriously threatened. They are in the relegation zone and the first team that is above the line has the same number of points, however, the problem is that this team is Valencia, which will surely soon play better they cannot count on them to lose in Gijon.
The first team above Valencia has four points more and this is a tangible advantage, which is why Sporting is in trouble. Their form was also very poor and they only made one championship triumph in the last almost four months, when they defeated the last ranked Osasuna at home. They failed to defeat anyone as guests and with just two points won, they are the worst team in the league. Before the break, Villarreal has defeated them in Gijon 3-1, while they were a round earlier defeated by Espanyol with 2-1. They regularly manage to achieve one goal in the match, but not enough for points. As for absences, their center-back Amorebieta is suspended, striker C.Castro is injured, while several other players are questionable.
Probable lineups Sporting Gijon: Cuellar – Douglas, Babin, Mere, J.Rodriguez, I.Lopez – Carmona, Alvarez, Ait Atmane, Moi Gomez – Cop
Las Palmas vs. Sporting Gijon PICK
Las Palmas has this season showed more than Sporting and it is clear that they are favourites in this duel, especially because of the home field advantage. However it seems that the host is in slight drop in form, while Sporting manages to achieve a goal at every match, which they could do here too.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.80 at bet365 (down to 1.70 can be played)