Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Prediction, 10/1/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (-149) Alaves (+412)
Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao (2-4-1, 10th in La Liga) play Alaves (1-0-5, 19th in La Liga) at San Mamés Stadium on Friday. The starting goaltenders are Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Fernando Pacheco for Alaves. Alaves are priced at +412 while the Lions are at -149. The over/under is set at 2.25.
Athletic Bilbao faced Valencia in their last match and got the draw with a final of 1-1. Athletic Bilbao tried 8 dribbles in this matchup and completed 4 of those attempts for a rate of 50.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 91.0% received passes rate by connecting on 262 out of their 288 passing attempts in their last game.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao wrapped this game up at a 33.3% rate by putting 4 SoT out of 12 shots. Athletic Bilbao is averaging 0.71 goals per 90 (5 total goals) and have earned 5 assists in all games for the year.
Iker Muniain is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Athletic Bilbao. Muniain has been given a starting assignment in 279 matches in his career and scores 0.18 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Spain has totaled 50 goals in 24,395 mins played. He has totaled 27 assists while accumulating 56 yellow cards so far in his career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. Williams has played 17,382 mins during 201 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 18 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 25 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 47 goals. He is averaging 0.24 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon has seen the pitch for a total of 7,401 minutes and is sitting with 175 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.0 (85 goals surrendered) and he has a save % of 70.8%. The goalkeeper from Spain has had 250 shots attempted at him in 83 career starting assignments. Simon (27-28-28 record in his career) has earned 24 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 28.9% shutout percentage.
For their last game, Alaves went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Atlético Madrid. Alaves finished the match with a 60.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 9 of the 15 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by converting 171 of the 238 passes they attempted for a rate of 71.8%. Alaves converted 1 SoT out of the team's 7 shots attempted earning them a 14.3% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 2 goals and 1 assist in all competitions, Alaves has an average of 0.33 goals and 0.17 assists per 90 minutes.
Victor Laguardia should provide a lift for Alaves. He averages 0.04 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 293 contests during his career. The defender born in Spain has been on the field for 26,136 mins and has scored 13 goals. He has tallied 99 yellow cards thus far in his career and has assisted on a goal 8 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Joselu, the forward who represents Germany. Joselu has been handed 30 yellow cards in 17,938 professional minutes (192 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.32. He has earned 64 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 15 times.
Fernando Pacheco will be looking after the goal for Alaves. So far in his pro soccer career, Pacheco has surrendered 323 goals and has totaled 735 saves in 258 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.26 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 91-63-103. He has a save % of 71.6 and his clean sheet rate is 29.8%. Pacheco has totaled 77 shutouts and defended 1,035 shots attempted against him in 23,131 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (-149)
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