Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Prediction, 1/2/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Real Madrid (-294) Celta Vigo (-143)
Toni Kroos and Real Madrid (10-2-3, 2nd in La Liga) host Celta de Vigo (5-5-5, 8th in La Liga) at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers will be Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and Ruben Blanco for Celta de Vigo. Celta de Vigo are priced at -143 while the Meringues are at -294. The over/under opens at 3.
Real Madrid faced off with Granada in their last game and earned the victory with a final of 2-0. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 87.4% received passes rate by connecting on 543 of the 621 passing targets in their last match. Real Madrid tried 8 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 5 of those dribbles for a percentage of 62.5%. Concerning shot accuracy, Real Madrid finished the game at a 26.1% rate by putting 6 shots on target of 23 shots. Real Madrid is averaging 1.60 goals per 90 minutes (24 goals in total) and have tallied 19 assists in all matches this year.
Toni Kroos is a player who can be a difference maker for Real Madrid. Kroos has been a starter in 320 outings in his career and scores 0.13 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder representing Germany has accumulated 39 goals in 27,998 minutes played. He has totaled 77 assists while accumulating 49 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Karim Benzema, the forward who is from France. He has helped on a goal 99 times during his soccer career while he has scored 220 total goals. Benzema has been on the field for 32,606 minutes in 381 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 9 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.61 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man protecting the net for Real Madrid will be Thibaut Courtois. Courtois (212-73-66 record during his career) has tallied 154 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 43.5% clean sheet percentage. The goalie hailing from Belgium has had 1,126 shots tried against him in 354 starts. His GA/90 is 0.93 (326 total goals given up) and he has a save % of .724. Courtois has been on the field for 31,674 mins and has accumulated 814 saves during his pro soccer career.
The last time they took the field, Celta Vigo earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Getafe. They finished the contest by converting 424 out of their 532 passing tries earning a percentage of 79.7%. Celta Vigo finished the match with a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 4 of the 6 dribbles they pursued. Celta Vigo converted 1 shot on goal out of 1 shots tried which had them at a 100.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 20 goals and 12 assists in all competitions, Celta Vigo averages 1.33 goals and 0.80 assists per 90 min.
Nolito will be counted on for Celta Vigo. He scores 0.40 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 203 games so far in his career. The forward from Spain has totaled 18,586 mins while scoring 83 goals. He has 54 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 50 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Iago Aspas, the forward born in Spain. He has accounted for 138 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 45 times. Aspas has been handed 62 yellow card warnings in 21,811 professional minutes played (247 career starts). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.57.
Ruben Blanco will be residing in front of the goal for Celta Vigo. Blanco has earned 30 shutouts while defending 437 shots against him in 9,755 mins throughout his career. He is the owner of a save percentage of .689 and his shutout rate sits at 27.8%. He has given up 1.42 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 40-30-40. So far in his career, Blanco has allowed 154 goals and has tallied 295 saves in 108 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Celta Vigo (-143)
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