Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction, 5/16/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+306) Real Madrid (-111)
Toni Kroos and Real Madrid (22-9-4, 3rd in La Liga) head to San Mamés Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Athletic Bilbao (11-13-12, 9th in La Liga). The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao are priced +306 while the Meringues are at -111. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Athletic Bilbao faced Huesca in their last match and took a loss by a score of 1-0. Athletic Bilbao tried 4 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 2 of the attempts for a rate of 50.0%. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 81.6% passes received rate by connecting on 346 of the 424 passing attempts in their last game. Regarding shot accuracy, Athletic Bilbao finished at a 75.0% clip by putting 3 shots on target out of 4 total shots. Athletic Bilbao has an average of 1.19 g/90 (43 goals in total) and have accounted for 31 assists in all games this season.
Inaki Williams is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Athletic Bilbao. He has 25 assists while earning 18 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career. Williams has been a starter in 194 games in his pro soccer career and scores 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Spain has earned 45 goals in 16,757 mins. One more guy who should impact this match is Dani Garcia, the midfielder representing Spain. Garcia has been on the field for 22,670 mins during 257 starts and has earned himself 95 yellow card cautions. He has helped on a goal 10 times in his career while he has scored 2 total goals. He scores 0.01 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The guy protecting the net for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. Simon (25-26-26 mark in his career) has recorded 21 shutouts, which has earned him a 27.3% clean sheet rate. The goalie born in Spain has faced 236 shots attempted at him in 77 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.1 (81 total goals conceded) and he has earned a save percentage of 70.8%. Simon has been on the pitch for 6,861 mins and has 167 stops thus far in his career.
For their last match, Real Madrid weren't able to secure a win with a final of 2-2 against Sevilla. Real Madrid finished with a 86.7% successful dribble rate by converting 13 out of the 15 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 592 out of their 642 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 92.2%. Real Madrid landed 7 shots attempted out of 17 shots attempted which had them at a 41.2% rate in their last outing. Having a total of 57 goals and 47 assists for all their games, Real Madrid has an average of 1.63 goals and 1.34 assists per 90.
Toni Kroos will be someone to watch for Real Madrid. He is averaging 0.13 goals per 90 mins and has started 333 outings so far in his pro soccer career. The midfielder from Germany has totaled 29,169 mins while earning 41 goals. He has 52 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 86 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Karim Benzema, the forward representing France. He has earned 233 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 102 times. Benzema has been given 11 yellow cards in 34,093 mins (398 starts). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his career is 0.62.
Thibaut Courtois will reside in front of the goal for Real Madrid. Courtois has accumulated 164 clean sheets while defending 1,185 shots against him in 33,474 career minutes. He sports a save % of 72.9 and his clean sheet rate sits at 43.9%. He has given up 0.91 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 224-80-67. So far in his pro soccer career, Courtois has given up 338 goals and has totaled 863 stops in 374 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Real Madrid (-111)
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