Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 12/15/2020 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Real Madrid (-250) Athletic Bilbao (+550)
Unai Lopez and Athletic Bilbao (4-2-6, 12th in La Liga) are headed to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Tuesday where they'll take on Real Madrid (7-2-3, 3rd in La Liga). The goaltenders protecting the net will be Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid are priced -250 while the Lions are at +550. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
Real Madrid faced Atlético Madrid in their last match and went home with a win by a final score of 2-0. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 92.2% passes received percentage by completing 624 out of their 677 pass targets last game. Real Madrid attempted 13 dribbles in this matchup and completed 5 of the dribbles for a percentage of 38.5%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Real Madrid ended this match at a 25.0% rate by landing 3 shots on target of 12 shots. Real Madrid sports an average of 1.33 goals per 90 (16 goals in total) and have tallied 11 assists in all matches for the year.
Toni Kroos is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Real Madrid. Kroos has been in the starting lineup in 317 games thus far in his career and accounts for 0.12 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from Germany has accumulated 38 goals scored in 27,728 mins played. He has accounted for 77 assists while tallying 49 yellow card warnings thus far in his career. Another guy who should impact this match is Karim Benzema, the forward representing France. He has assisted on a goal 97 times so far in his career while he has scored 216 goals. Benzema has totaled 32,336 mins during 378 starts and has been given 9 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.60 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Real Madrid will be Thibaut Courtois. Courtois (209-73-66 mark in his career) has accounted for 153 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 43.6% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Belgium has seen 1,117 shots sent in his direction in 351 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 0.93 (324 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save % of .723. Courtois has seen the field for a total of 31,404 mins and has 807 saves during his soccer career.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao were able to avoid a loss with a score of 2-2 against Valencia. Athletic Bilbao earned a 53.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 7 out of the 13 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by completing 369 out of their 461 passing attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Athletic Bilbao had 4 shots tried out of their 12 shots tried giving them a 33.3% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 13 goals and 9 assists in all their matches, Athletic Bilbao has an average of 1.08 goals and 0.75 assists per 90 minutes.
Unai Lopez should provide a lift for Athletic Bilbao. He scores 0.08 goals per 90 mins and has started 132 games in his career. The midfielder from Spain has been on the pitch for 11,323 minutes and has scored 10 goals. He has collected 36 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 12 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has scored 41 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 21 times. Williams has been given a total of 18 yellow card warnings in 15,386 professional minutes played (179 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.24.
Unai Simon will reside in front of the net for Athletic Bilbao. During his professional soccer career, Simon has allowed 56 goals and has accumulated 112 stops in 53 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.07 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 18-15-20. He holds a save % of .709 and his clean sheet rate sits at 26.4%. Simon has accumulated 14 clean sheets while seeing 158 shots attempted against him in 4,701 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Real Madrid (-250)
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