West Brom vs Aston Villa Prediction, 12/20/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Brom vs Aston Villa
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Location: The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: West Brom (+200) Aston Villa (+135)
Ollie Watkins and Aston Villa (6-1-4, 11th in the EPL) are headed to The Hawthorns on Sunday where they'll meet West Brom (1-4-8, 19th in the EPL). The expected starting goalies will be Sam Johnstone for West Brom and Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa. Aston Villa are at at +135 while the Baggies are priced at +200. The total opens at 2.5.
West Brom played Manchester City in their most recent game and finished with a draw by a score of 1-1. When discussing the passing game, they ended with a 64.8% received passes percentage by converting 149 of the 230 passing targets last match. West Brom attempted 15 dribbles in this contest and completed 9 of those attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. Regarding shot accuracy, West Brom wrapped this game up at a 20.0% clip by hitting 1 shot on target 5 total shots. West Brom is averaging 0.69 goals per 90 min (9 goals in total) and have accounted for 5 assists in all competitions this year.
Conor Gallagher is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for West Brom. Gallagher has been a starter in 53 games so far in his career while he scores 0.15 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from England has totaled 8 goals scored in 4,681 mins played. He has totaled 8 assists while accumulating 15 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. One more player who could decide who wins is Callum Robinson, the forward hailing from England. Robinson has played 11,990 minutes in 137 career starts and has earned himself a total of 10 yellow cards. He has helped on a goal 21 times during his career and he has scored 40 total goals. He scores 0.30 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for West Brom will be Sam Johnstone. Johnstone has been on the pitch for a total of 22,050 minutes and has 704 saves in his career. His GA/90 is 1.18 (288 goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of .718. The goalkeeper hailing from England has had 978 shots attempted at him in 245 starting assignments. Johnstone (103-72-70 record in his career) has accumulated 77 shutouts, which gives him a 31.4% clean sheet rate.
When they last played, Aston Villa earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 0-0 against Burnley. Aston Villa ended the game with a 83.3% successful dribble rate by connecting on 15 of the 18 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by connecting on 307 of the 388 attempted passes earning a percentage of 79.1%. Aston Villa had 8 shots attempted out of the team's 27 shots attempted giving them a 29.6% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 20 goals and 17 assists in all their games, Aston Villa sports an average of 1.82 goals and 1.55 assists per 90 minutes.
Ollie Watkins should provide a spark for Aston Villa. The forward from England has totaled 16,912 minutes while earning 72 goals. He has 27 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 21 times. He has an average of 0.38 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 186 games thus far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Jack Grealish, the forward representing England. He has scored 33 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 30 times. Grealish has been given a total of 35 yellow cards in 15,164 mins (165 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.20.
Emiliano Martinez will be residing in front of the goal for Aston Villa. So far in his pro soccer career, Martinez has conceded 103 goals while totaling 264 stops in 80 starts. He has surrendered 1.28 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 30-19-31. He has earned a save % of .730 and his shutout rate sits at 33.8%. Martinez has accumulated 27 clean sheets and has defended 366 shots attempted against him in 7,249 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Aston Villa (+135)
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