Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction, 1/6/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+302) Barcelona (-116)
Inaki Williams and Athletic Bilbao (6-3-8, 9th in La Liga) play Barcelona (8-4-4, 5th in La Liga) at San Mamés Stadium on Wednesday. The starting goalies are Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona. The odds on this game have Athletic Bilbao priced at +302 and the Blaugrana are at -116. The O/U opens at 2.75.
Athletic Bilbao stepped onto the pitch against Elche in their last matchup and went home with a win by a final score of 1-0. In regard to passing, they ended the game with a 92.0% passes received percentage by connecting on 390 of the 424 targeted passes in their last game. Athletic Bilbao tried 22 dribbles in this matchup and converted 16 of those dribbles for a percentage of 72.7%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao finished at a 15.4% clip by putting 2 SoT of 13 total shots. Athletic Bilbao averages 1.06 goals per 90 min (18 goals in total) and have earned 12 assists in all contests this year.
Inaki Williams is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Athletic Bilbao. Williams has been given a starting assignment in 184 games thus far in his career and tallies 0.24 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Spain has earned 42 goals scored in 15,746 mins. He has totaled 21 assists while tallying 18 yellow cards in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Iker Muniain, the forward who represents Spain. Muniain has totaled 23,082 minutes in 263 career starting assignments and has been given 55 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 48 goals. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. Simon has played for 5,151 minutes and has earned 123 stops during his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.07 (61 goals allowed) and his save percentage is .707. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has had 174 shots attempted at him in 58 career starting assignments. Simon (20-16-22 record in his career) has recorded 16 clean sheets, which gives him a 27.6% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Barcelona went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Huesca. They wrapped up this contest by converting 758 of the 823 attempted passes for a percentage of 92.1%. Barcelona finished with a 73.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 14 of the 19 dribbles they tried. Barcelona landed 6 shots attempted out of their 20 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 30.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having tallied 27 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, Barcelona has an average of 1.69 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Lionel Messi will need to be on top of his game for Barcelona. The forward who is from Argentina has accumulated 40,369 professional minutes and has earned 451 goals. He has accumulated 49 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 186 times. He is averaging 1.01 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 445 contests during his career. Make sure to watch out for Antoine Griezmann, the forward who represents France. He has scored 152 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 53 different times. Griezmann has been handed a total of 59 yellow card warnings in 31,305 minutes (367 starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.44.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will be residing in front of the goal for Barcelona. So far in his career, Stegen has given up 262 goals while tallying 826 stops in 268 starts. He has allowed 0.98 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 163-59-46. He sports a save percentage of .766 and his clean sheet rate sits at 38.8%. Stegen has racked up 104 clean sheets and has defended 1,080 shots attempted against him in 24,109 career mins.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+302)
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