Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction, 8/21/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+260) Barcelona (-123)
San Mamés Stadium is the venue where Dani Garcia and Athletic Bilbao (0-1-0, 11th in La Liga) will play Barcelona (1-0-0, 3rd in La Liga) on Saturday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Julen Agirrezabala for Athletic Bilbao and Neto for Barcelona. Barcelona are priced at -123 while the Lions are at +260. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Athletic Bilbao stepped onto the pitch against Elche in their last game and walked away with a draw with a final of 0-0. Athletic Bilbao tried 16 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 12 of those tries for a percentage of 75.0%. In the passing game, they ended up with a 82.5% passes received rate by connecting on 315 of the 382 passing targets in their last game.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Athletic Bilbao ended this match at a 33.3% clip by hitting 3 SoT of 9 total shots.
Dani Garcia is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Athletic Bilbao. He has accounted for 10 assists while tallying 96 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Garcia has been given a starting assignment in 259 matchups during his soccer career and has 0.08 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder born in Spain has 12 goals in 22,809 professional minutes played.
One more player who should impact this match is Inaki Williams, the forward hailing from Spain. Williams has earned 16,945 minutes during 196 starting assignments and has earned himself 18 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times during his pro soccer career and he has scored 45 total goals. He averages 0.24 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Athletic Bilbao is Julen Agirrezabala. Agirrezabala has defended the goal for a total of 90 mins and has 2 stops in his career. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has had 2 shots attempted at him in 1 career start. Agirrezabala (0-1-0 mark in his career) has accumulated 1 shutout.
When they last took the field, Barcelona got the victory with a final of 4-2 against Real Sociedad. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 519 out of their 577 passing attempts for a percentage of 89.9%. Barcelona earned a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 8 out of the 12 dribbles they attempted. Barcelona had 8 shots attempted out of 13 shots attempted which had them at a 61.5% rate in their last outing.
Antoine Griezmann will need to provide a lift for Barcelona. He currently averages 0.44 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 387 outings thus far in his career. The forward who is from France has played 33,000 minutes while scoring 162 goals. He has totaled 62 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted on a goal 58 times. You should also keep an eye on Memphis Depay, the forward representing Netherlands. He has accounted for 104 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 56 different times. Depay has earned himself 20 yellow card warnings in 17,910 mins (196 starts). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.52.
Neto is expected to look after the net for Barcelona. Neto has totaled 54 clean sheets while he has seen 645 shots against him in 14,355 career minutes. He has earned a save percentage of 76.1 and his clean sheet rate is 34.0%. He has conceded 1.04 goals per 90 mins and he has a mark of 76-42-41. In his career, Neto has surrendered 166 goals and has tallied 492 stops in 159 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+260)
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