Real Madrid vs Granada Prediction, 12/23/2020 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Madrid vs Granada
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Real Madrid (-400) Granada (+1000)
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the venue where Karim Benzema and Real Madrid (9-2-3, 2nd in La Liga) will take on Granada (6-3-4, 6th in La Liga) on Wednesday. The men protecting the net are Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and Rui Silva for Granada. Granada are priced at +1000 while the Meringues are at -400. The total has been set at 3.5.
Real Madrid took the field against Athletic Bilbao in their most recent match and went home with a win by a final score of 3-1. Real Madrid tried 13 dribbles in this outing and completed 9 of those attempts for a percentage of 69.2%. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 91.2% passes received percentage by connecting on 643 of the 705 pass targets in their last game. In relation to shooting accuracy, Real Madrid ended this match at a 45.5% clip by putting 5 shots on target out of 11 total shots. Real Madrid has an average of 1.57 goals per 90 min (22 goals in total) and have tallied 17 assists in all contests this year.
Karim Benzema is a player who should be able to impact this game for Real Madrid. Benzema has had a starting assignment in 380 matchups in his career and he accounts for 0.61 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing France has tallied 219 goals scored in 32,516 mins played. He has totaled 99 assists while earning 9 yellow cards thus far in his career. Another player who should impact this match is Toni Kroos, the midfielder representing Germany. Kroos has totaled 27,908 mins during 319 starting assignments and has been handed 49 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 77 times during his career while scoring 39 total goals. He is currently averaging 0.13 goals per 90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Real Madrid is Thibaut Courtois. Courtois (211-73-66 record in his career) has tallied 153 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 43.3% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Belgium has had 1,124 shots sent in his direction in 353 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.93 (326 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .723. Courtois has defended the goal for a total of 31,584 mins and is sitting with 812 saves thus far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Granada got the victory with a final of 2-0 against Betis. Granada finished the match with a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 6 of the 12 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by connecting on 153 out of their 220 passes they attempted for a percentage of 69.5%. Granada had 3 shots attempted out of the team's 9 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 33.3% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 17 goals and 11 assists in all their matches, Granada averages 1.31 goals and 0.85 assists per 90 minutes.
Roberto Soldado will need to provide a spark for Granada. He currently averages 0.51 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 322 matches so far in his career. The forward born in Spain has played 28,322 mins and he has scored 161 goals. He has totaled 119 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 54 times. You should also keep an eye on Luis Javier Suarez, the forward hailing from Columbia. He has collected 29 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 5 times. Suarez has been handed a total of 22 yellow card cautions in 6,024 mins (70 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average thus far in his career is 0.43.
Rui Silva will be looking after the net for Granada. Silva has earned 46 shutouts and defended 414 shots against him in 12,535 career minutes. He is the owner of a save percentage of .667 and his shutout rate sits at 33.3%. He has surrendered 1.23 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 54-33-51. During his pro soccer career, Silva has allowed 172 goals and has totaled 271 saves in 138 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Granada (+1000)
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