Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves Prediction, 4/10/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Alaves
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (-138) Alaves (+425)
Lucas Perez and Alaves (5-8-16, 20th in La Liga) are headed to San Mamés Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on Athletic Bilbao (9-8-11, 10th in La Liga). The starting goaltenders are Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Fernando Pacheco for Alaves. The odds on this matchup have Athletic Bilbao priced at -138 and the Babazorros are at +425. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Athletic Bilbao faced Eibar in their last match and got the draw with a final of 1-1. Athletic Bilbao tried 16 dribbles in this outing and converted 10 of the tries for a percentage of 62.5%. In regard to passing, they finished with a 85.9% rate by connecting on 438 of the 510 pass attempts last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao finished the game at a 27.8% clip by landing 5 shots on target of 18 total shots. Athletic Bilbao is averaging 1.25 goals per 90 (35 total goals) and have accounted for 25 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Iker Muniain is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Athletic Bilbao. Muniain has been in the starting lineup in 271 matches so far in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.19 goals per 90. The forward from Spain has 50 goals in 23,785 professional minutes. He has 24 assists while accumulating 55 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has helped on a goal 24 times in his career and he has scored 44 goals. Williams has earned 16,535 minutes in 193 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 18 yellow cards. He averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon (23-21-25 mark in his career) has 18 clean sheets, which gives him a 26.1% shutout rate. The keeper from Spain has faced 212 shots tried against him in 69 starts. His GA/90 is 1.1 (74 total goals given up) and he has earned a save % of 70.8%. Simon has seen the field for 6,141 mins and is sitting with 150 stops during his soccer career.
For their last match, Alaves took a defeat with a final score of 3-1 against Celta Vigo. Alaves earned a 52.4% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 11 out of the 21 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 311 out of their 358 passes they tried for a percentage of 86.9%. Alaves converted 7 shots tried out of their 17 shots tried which had them sitting at a 41.2% clip when they last took the field. Having tallied 23 goals and 12 assists for all their games, Alaves has an average of 0.79 goals and 0.41 assists per 90 min.
Lucas Perez should provide a lift for Alaves. The forward who is from Spain has been on the pitch for 18,472 professional minutes and has scored 75 goals. He has earned 35 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 41 times. He averages 0.37 goals per 90 and has started 207 matches during his soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Joselu, the forward who is from Germany. Joselu has been handed 30 yellow cards in 16,753 minutes played (179 starts). His goals per 90 min average during his soccer career is 0.32. He has scored 59 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 13 different times.
Fernando Pacheco will be looking after the net for Alaves. Pacheco has recorded 73 shutouts and defended 995 shots attempted against him in 21,942 minutes in his career. He has a save % of 72.3 and his shutout rate is 29.8%. He has given up 1.25 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 86-60-98. In his career, Pacheco has conceded 304 goals and has totaled 714 saves in 245 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (-138)
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