Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 1/9/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Atlético Madrid (-179) Athletic Bilbao (+302)
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano is the site where Joao Felix and Atlético Madrid (12-2-1, 1st in La Liga) will take on Athletic Bilbao (6-3-8, 9th in La Liga) on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Jan Oblak for Atlético Madrid and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Atlético Madrid are priced -179 while the Lions are at +302. The over/under has been set at 2.
Atlético Madrid faced Alaves in their most recent game and notched a win by a score of 2-1. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 82.9% passes received percentage by connecting on 464 out of their 560 targeted passes last match. Atlético Madrid attempted 8 dribbles in this matchup and converted 7 of the dribbles for a percentage of 87.5%. In relation to shooting accuracy, Atlético Madrid ended this match at a 50.0% rate by putting 4 shots on target out of 8 total shots. Atlético Madrid averages 1.87 goals per 90 min (28 total goals) and have earned 23 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Joao Felix is a guy who should impact this matchup for Atlético Madrid. Felix has started 51 games in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.54 G/90. The forward born in Portugal has racked up 26 goals scored in 4,346 mins. He has accounted for 11 assists while tallying 10 yellow card cautions in his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Luis Suarez, the forward representing Uruguay. He has assisted on a goal 140 times in his pro soccer career while scoring 315 total goals. Suarez has been on the field for 37,866 minutes during 428 starting assignments and has been handed 90 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.75 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Atlético Madrid is Jan Oblak. Oblak has seen the field for 23,755 minutes and has tallied 660 saves in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 0.76 (201 total goals allowed) and he holds a save % of .777. The keeper hailing from Slovenia has had 847 shots attempted against him in 265 career starting assignments. Oblak (151-63-49 mark in his professional soccer career) has earned 136 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 51.3% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao earned three points by winning 1-0 against Elche. Athletic Bilbao ended the game with a 72.7% successful dribble rate by completing 16 of the 22 dribbles they tried. They finished the contest by connecting on 390 out of their 424 passing attempts for a percentage of 92.0%. Athletic Bilbao connected on 2 shots attempted out of the team's 13 shots attempted which gave them a 15.4% rate in their last outing. Having accumulated 18 goals and 12 assists in all their contests, Athletic Bilbao averages 1.06 goals and 0.71 assists per 90 minutes.
Inaki Williams will be someone to watch for Athletic Bilbao. The forward who is from Spain has totaled 15,746 mins while scoring 42 goals. He has collected 18 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has helped on a goal 21 times. He is averaging 0.24 goals per 90 minutes and has started 184 matches so far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Iker Muniain, the forward representing Spain. He has scored 48 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 21 times. Muniain has been given 55 yellow card warnings in 23,082 mins (263 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.19.
Unai Simon is expected to look after the goal for Athletic Bilbao. Simon has tallied 16 shutouts while seeing 174 shots against him in 5,151 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of .707 and his shutout rate sits at 27.6%. He has surrendered 1.07 goals per 90 while holding a record of 20-16-22. Thus far in his career, Simon has allowed 61 goals and has 123 stops in 58 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+302) and over 2 goals
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