Alaves vs Atlético Madrid Prediction, 1/3/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alaves vs Atlético Madrid
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Mendizorrotza Stadium in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Alaves (+225) Atlético Madrid (-208)
Lucas Perez and Alaves (4-5-6, 13th in La Liga) play Atlético Madrid (10-2-1, 1st in La Liga) at Mendizorrotza Stadium on Sunday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Fernando Pacheco for Alaves and Jan Oblak for Atlético Madrid. Alaves are priced +225 while the Red and Whites are at -208. The total opens at 2.25.
Alaves stepped onto the pitch against Eibar in their most recent match and notched a win by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they ended the game with a 76.6% received passes percentage by completing 236 out of their 308 pass targets in their last outing. Alaves attempted 15 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 12 of those tries for a percentage of 80.0%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Alaves finished at a 23.1% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 13 total shots. Alaves is averaging 0.87 goals per 90 minutes (13 total goals) and have earned 8 assists in all competitions this season.
Lucas Perez is a player who should be able to impact this match for Alaves. He has totaled 40 assists while earning 34 yellow cards thus far in his career. Perez has had a starting assignment in 204 matches so far in his career while he scores 0.37 goals per 90. The forward who is from Spain has earned 74 goals in 18,046 minutes. Someone else who should impact this match is Joselu, the forward representing Germany. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times in his career and he has scored 54 goals. Joselu has been on the field for 15,602 minutes during 166 starts and has been given 30 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.31 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Alaves will be Fernando Pacheco. Pacheco has been on the pitch for a total of 20,682 mins and has earned 688 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.19 (274 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .736. The keeper hailing from Spain has had 940 shots sent in his direction in 231 career starts. Pacheco (85-57-88 mark in his professional soccer career) has tallied 71 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 30.7% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, Atlético Madrid got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Real Sociedad. They wrapped up this match by converting 275 out of their 346 passing attempts earning a rate of 79.5%. Atlético Madrid had a 69.2% successful dribble percentage by converting 9 of the 13 dribbles they pursued. Atlético Madrid had 3 shots attempted out of their 8 shots attempted giving them a 37.5% rate when they last took the field. With 25 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, Atlético Madrid averages 1.92 goals and 1.54 assists per 90.
Luis Suarez will be counted on for Atlético Madrid. The forward born in Uruguay has earned 37,697 mins while scoring 313 goals. He has totaled 89 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 139 times. He currently averages 0.75 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 426 outings during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Joao Felix, the forward hailing from Portugal. He has earned 26 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 10 times. Felix has earned himself 10 yellow card warnings in 4,247 professional minutes (50 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.55.
Jan Oblak will reside in front of the net for Atlético Madrid. Oblak has totaled 135 clean sheets and has defended 844 shots against him in 23,575 minutes in his career. He sports a save % of .777 and his shutout rate sits at 51.3%. He has allowed 0.76 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 149-63-49. Thus far in his career, Oblak has allowed 200 goals and has accounted for 657 saves in 263 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlético Madrid (-208)
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