Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia Prediction, 2/7/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+110) Valencia (+280)
San Mamés Stadium is the site where Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao (7-3-10, 11th in La Liga) will play Valencia (5-8-8, 14th in La Liga) on Sunday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Jaume Domenech for Valencia. The odds on this contest have Athletic Bilbao coming in at +110 and the Ches are at +280. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Athletic Bilbao took the field against Barcelona in their most recent match and took a loss by a score of 2-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 81.2% received passes rate by connecting on 371 of the 457 passing targets last game. Athletic Bilbao attempted 10 dribbles in this matchup and completed 3 of the attempts for a rate of 30.0%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao wrapped this game up at a 28.6% clip by hitting 2 shots on target out of 7 total shots. Athletic Bilbao averages 1.25 goals per 90 minutes (25 goals in total) and have 19 assists in all competitions for this campaign.
Iker Muniain is a player who can be a difference maker for Athletic Bilbao. Muniain has been in the starting lineup in 266 games during his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.19 goals per 90. The forward born in Spain has tallied 49 goals in 23,341 minutes played. He has 23 assists while earning 55 yellow card warnings in his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has assisted on a goal 22 times during his career while scoring 43 goals. Williams has accumulated 15,998 mins in 187 starts and has earned himself a total of 18 yellow cards. He scores 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon has been on the field for 5,421 mins and has earned 133 stops thus far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.11 (67 total goals conceded) and he has a save percentage of .700. The goalkeeper born in Spain has seen 190 shots tried against him in 61 career starting assignments. Simon (21-16-24 record during his career) has accumulated 16 clean sheets, which gives him a 26.2% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Valencia went home victorious with a score of 1-0 against Elche. Valencia finished with a 40.9% successful dribble rate by completing 9 of the 22 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this match by completing 300 of the 374 passes they attempted earning a rate of 80.2%. Valencia landed 2 shots tried out of their 13 shots tried giving them a 15.4% rate when they last took the field. Having tallied 25 goals and 17 assists in all their games, Valencia sports an average of 1.19 goals and 0.81 assists per 90 minutes.
Carlos Soler will be someone to watch for Valencia. The midfielder from Spain has played 10,058 professional minutes while earning 14 goals. He has tallied 23 yellow cards during his career and has helped on a goal 15 times. He scores 0.13 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 113 matches during his soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Maxi Gomez, the forward representing Uruguay. He has accumulated 74 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 11 times. Gomez has been handed a total of 34 yellow cards in 13,670 professional minutes played (155 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.49.
Jaume Domenech will reside in front of the goal for Valencia. Domenech has accumulated 18 clean sheets while defending 302 shots against him in 5,824 minutes in his career. He has a save % of .748 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 28.1%. He has allowed 1.24 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 22-20-22. In his career, Domenech has allowed 80 goals and has accounted for 225 saves in 64 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+110)
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