Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal Prediction, 2/21/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+223) Villarreal (+129)
San Mamés Stadium is the site where Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao (7-4-10, 11th in La Liga) will play Villarreal (8-12-3, 6th in La Liga) on Sunday. The goaltenders who are expected to start are Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Sergio Asenjo for Villarreal. Villarreal are priced at +129 while the Lions are at +223. The over/under opens at 2.25.
Athletic Bilbao stepped onto the pitch against Valencia in their most recent match and wrapped up with a draw by a score of 1-1. Athletic Bilbao tried 8 dribbles in this contest and converted 4 of the dribbles for a percentage of 50.0%. In the passing game, they ended with a 79.1% passes received percentage by connecting on 367 out of their 464 pass attempts in their last match. Regarding shot accuracy, Athletic Bilbao walked away from the pitch at a 18.2% rate by putting 2 shots on target out of 11 total shots. Athletic Bilbao averages 1.19 goals per 90 (25 goals in total) and have 19 assists in all competitions this year.
Iker Muniain is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Athletic Bilbao. He has 23 assists while earning 55 yellow cards in his career. Muniain has started 266 outings in his career and has 0.19 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Spain has earned 49 goals scored in 23,341 professional minutes played. One more player who could decide who wins is Inaki Williams, the forward hailing from Spain. Williams has 16,088 mins in 188 starting assignments and has been given a total of 18 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 22 times thus far in his career while he has scored 43 goals. He scores 0.24 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon has played for a total of 5,511 minutes and has accumulated 134 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.1 (68 goals surrendered) and he has a save % of 69.8%. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has faced 192 shots attempted at him in 62 career starts. Simon (21-17-24 record in his career) has earned 16 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 25.8% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the field, Villarreal finished locked up with a final of 2-2 against Elche. Villarreal earned a 73.7% successful dribble rate by completing 14 of the 19 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by completing 503 out of their 577 passes they tried earning a percentage of 87.2%. Villarreal converted 4 shots tried out of the team's 11 shots tried giving them a 36.4% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 32 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, Villarreal has an average of 1.39 goals and 0.83 assists per 90 min.
Dani Parejo should provide a lift for Villarreal. He is averaging 0.20 goals per 90 mins and has started 339 matches so far in his career. The midfielder representing Spain has 30,046 minutes and has scored 67 goals. He has accumulated 99 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 55 times. You should also watch out for Gerard Moreno, the forward who represents Spain. Moreno has been handed 28 yellow cards in 19,764 minutes played (222 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.44. He has earned 97 goals in his career while helping on a goal 23 times.
Sergio Asenjo will be residing in front of the goal for Villarreal. So far in his career, Asenjo has conceded 329 goals and has earned 843 stops in 278 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.19 goals per 90 and he has a record of 106-78-93. He holds a save % of 72.7 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 32.0%. Asenjo has totaled 89 shutouts while seeing 1,152 shots against him in 24,847 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Villarreal (+129)
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