Barcelona vs Valencia Prediction, 12/19/2020 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Valencia
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (-385) Valencia (+700)
Carlos Soler and Valencia (3-5-5, 12th in La Liga) travel to Camp Nou on Saturday where they'll take on Barcelona (6-2-4, 5th in La Liga). The goalies who are expected to start are Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Jaume Domenech for Valencia. Barcelona are priced -385 while the Ches are at +700. The over/under is set at 3.25.
Barcelona faced Levante in their last matchup and took home the win by a score of 1-0. Barcelona attempted 12 dribbles in this match and converted 6 of those tries for a percentage of 50.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 91.1% received passes rate by connecting on 636 out of their 698 pass attempts in their last game. Regarding shot accuracy, Barcelona walked away from the pitch at a 28.6% clip by hitting 4 shots on target out of 14 total shots. Barcelona averages 1.67 goals per 90 min (20 total goals) and have 11 assists in all matches for the year.
Antoine Griezmann is a guy who should impact this matchup for Barcelona. Griezmann has been in the starting lineup in 365 matches so far in his pro soccer career and has 0.44 goals per 90. The forward representing France has totaled 152 goals in 31,158 mins played. He has totaled 53 assists while accumulating 58 yellow card cautions in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Lionel Messi, the forward born in Argentina. He has helped a teammate on a goal 184 times thus far in his career while he has scored 449 goals. Messi has totaled 40,099 mins during 442 starts and has been handed a total of 49 yellow card cautions. He scores 1.01 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Barcelona will be Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Stegen has played for a total of 23,749 minutes and has accumulated 813 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.98 (259 goals conceded) and he has a save % of .765. The goalie from Germany has faced 1,064 shots attempted against him in 264 starting assignments. Stegen (161-57-46 mark in his career) has totaled 102 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 38.6% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Valencia earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao. Valencia ended the game with a 54.5% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 6 out of the 11 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 238 of the 326 pass attempts for a rate of 73.0%. Valencia had 9 shots tried out of their 24 shots tried earning them a 37.5% rate in their last outing. With a total of 18 goals and 11 assists in all their games, Valencia is averaging 1.38 goals and 0.85 assists per 90.
Carlos Soler should be someone to watch for Valencia. The midfielder representing Spain has been on the field for 9,338 mins while scoring 13 goals. He has 21 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 14 times. He is currently averaging 0.13 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 105 matches during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Maxi Gomez, the forward representing Uruguay. He has scored 72 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 11 different times. Gomez has been given a total of 34 yellow card warnings in 13,040 mins played (148 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.50.
Jaume Domenech is expected to look after the net for Valencia. During his pro soccer career, Domenech has given up 70 goals and has totaled 204 stops in 56 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.23 goals per 90 and he has a record of 20-17-19. He sports a save percentage of .756 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 28.6%. Domenech has totaled 16 shutouts while defending 270 shots tried against him in 5,104 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Barcelona (-385)
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