Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Prediction, 3/7/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Granada
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+100) Granada (+320)
Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao (8-6-10, 10th in La Liga) host Granada (9-6-10, 8th in La Liga) at San Mamés Stadium on Sunday. The goalies expected to start will be Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Rui Silva for Granada. Granada are priced at +320 while the Lions are at +100. The over/under has been set at 2.5.
Athletic Bilbao took the field against Levante in their last matchup and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 83.2% rate by completing 425 out of their 511 passing targets in their last match. Athletic Bilbao tried 9 dribbles in this outing and were able to convert 7 of the tries for a percentage of 77.8%. Concerning shot accuracy, Athletic Bilbao ended this match at a 40.0% rate by hitting 4 shots on target out of 10 total shots. Athletic Bilbao is averaging 1.29 goals per 90 min (31 goals in total) and have tallied 22 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Iker Muniain is a player who should be able to impact this game for Athletic Bilbao. Muniain has started 269 contests during his soccer career and accounts for 0.19 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Spain has earned 49 goals scored in 23,587 professional minutes. He has totaled 24 assists while earning 55 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has assisted on a goal 23 times so far in his career while he has scored 44 goals. Williams has been on the field for 16,318 minutes during 191 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 18 yellow cards. He has an average of 0.24 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man defending the goal for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon has defended the goal for a total of 5,781 minutes and has tallied 140 stops in his career. His GA/90 is 1.1 (70 goals conceded) and he has earned a save percentage of 70.4%. The goalkeeper from Spain has had 199 shots tried at him in 65 starts. Simon (22-19-24 record during his career) has 17 clean sheets, which has earned him a 26.2% clean sheet percentage.
For their last outing, Granada went home victorious with a score of 2-1 against Elche. They finished the contest by converting 222 of the 330 passing attempts earning a percentage of 67.3%. Granada finished with a 56.5% successful dribble percentage by completing 13 of the 23 dribbles they attempted. Granada connected on 4 shots attempted out of the team's 13 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 30.8% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 30 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, Granada is averaging 1.20 goals and 0.80 assists per 90 minutes.
Kenedy will need to be on top of his game for Granada. The forward representing Brazil has played 5,319 professional minutes while scoring 10 goals. He has accumulated 6 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 9 times. He sports an average of 0.17 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 52 matches in his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jorge Molina, the forward representing Spain. He has collected 146 goals during his career while helping on a goal 35 different times. Molina has been handed 51 yellow cards in 27,316 mins (302 starts). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.48.
Rui Silva will look after the net for Granada. Silva has accumulated 48 clean sheets while he has seen 466 shots attempted against him in 13,615 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of 65.9 and his clean sheet rate is currently 32.0%. He has surrendered 1.28 goals per 90 and he has a record of 57-36-57. So far in his career, Silva has conceded 194 goals and has racked up 302 stops in 150 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Granada (+320)
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