Athletic Bilbao vs Elche Prediction, 1/3/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Elche
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+146) Elche (+560)
Pere Milla and Elche (3-6-4, 16th in La Liga) head to San Mamés Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet Athletic Bilbao (5-3-7, 10th in La Liga). The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Edgar Badia for Elche. Elche are priced at +560 while the Lions are at +146. The O/U is set at 2.25.
Athletic Bilbao took the field against Villarreal in their last game and finished with a draw by a score of 1-1. When discussing the passing game, they ended the game with a 77.0% received passes percentage by converting 248 out of their 322 passing targets last match. Athletic Bilbao tried 17 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 10 of the attempts for a percentage of 58.8%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao wrapped this game up at a 33.3% rate by hitting 3 SoT of 9 total shots. Athletic Bilbao is averaging 1.13 g/90 (17 total goals) and are sitting with 11 assists in all matches this year.
Unai Lopez is a player who should be able to impact this game for Athletic Bilbao. Lopez has started 132 outings so far in his career and has 0.08 G/90. The midfielder representing Spain has recorded 10 goals in 11,323 mins played. He has totaled 12 assists while tallying 36 yellow cards in his career. One more player who should impact this match is Inaki Williams, the forward hailing from Spain. He has assisted on a goal 21 times during his career while he has scored 42 goals. Williams has been on the field for 15,610 mins in 182 starts and has been handed a total of 18 yellow card cautions. He sports an average of 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. Simon (19-16-21 mark during his soccer career) has accumulated 15 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 26.8% shutout rate. The goalie from Spain has faced 170 shots attempted against him in 56 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.09 (60 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .706. Simon has been on the field for 4,971 minutes and has accumulated 120 saves so far in his career.
In their last outing, Elche went home with a draw by a final score of 2-2 against Osasuna. Elche finished with a 44.4% successful dribble rate by completing 8 out of the 18 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by completing 564 out of their 630 passing attempts for a percentage of 89.5%. Elche converted 2 shots attempted out of the team's 7 shots attempted which gave them a 28.6% rate in their last outing. Having accumulated 12 goals and 8 assists for all their matches, Elche sports an average of 0.92 goals and 0.62 assists per 90.
Pere Milla will need to be on top of his game for Elche. The forward representing Spain has been on the pitch for 6,841 professional minutes and he has scored 15 goals. He has totaled 15 yellow cards during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 8 times. He has an average of 0.20 goals per 90 mins and has started 77 matches in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Fidel, the midfielder who represents Spain. He has scored 50 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 40 different times. Fidel has been given 53 yellow cards in 22,230 professional minutes played (252 career starting assignments). His G/90 average during his career is 0.20.
Edgar Badia is expected to look after the net for Elche. So far in his career, Badia has surrendered 177 goals and has racked up 435 saves in 171 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.04 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 53-60-58. He has earned a save percentage of .789 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 33.9%. Badia has racked up 58 clean sheets while seeing 559 shots against him in 15,390 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+146) and over 2.25 goals
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