Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 9/18/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlético Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Atlético Madrid (-170) Athletic Bilbao (+500)
Koke and Atlético Madrid (3-1-0, 3rd in La Liga) play Athletic Bilbao (2-2-0, 5th in La Liga) at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Jan Oblak for Atlético Madrid and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao are priced at +500 while the Red and Whites are at -170. The O/U opens at 2.25.
Atlético Madrid faced Espanyol in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 2-1. Atlético Madrid attempted 20 dribbles in this game and converted 17 of the attempts for a percentage of 85.0%. In regard to passing, they had a 88.2% passes received rate by connecting on 473 out of their 536 passing targets in their last outing.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Atlético Madrid wrapped this game up at a 23.1% clip by landing 3 SoT of 13 total shots. Atlético Madrid is averaging 1.50 goals per 90 (6 goals in total) and have accumulated 5 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Koke is a guy who should impact this matchup for Atlético Madrid. Koke has had a starting assignment in 315 matchups in his career and has 0.12 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Spain has totaled 36 goals scored in 27,769 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 74 assists while tallying 65 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Luis Suarez, the forward who represents Uruguay. Suarez has totaled 39,731 minutes in 449 starting assignments and has been given 95 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 141 times thus far in his career and he has scored 328 goals. He currently averages 0.74 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The man who will defend the goal for Atlético Madrid is Jan Oblak. Oblak has seen the pitch for 26,185 minutes and is sitting with 722 saves during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 0.8 (224 total goals allowed) and he has a save percentage of 77.4%. The goalkeeper from Slovenia has seen 931 shots attempted against him in 292 career starts. Oblak (168-70-52 record during his soccer career) has recorded 145 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 49.7% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao went home victorious with a score of 2-0 against Mallorca. Athletic Bilbao finished with a 53.8% successful dribble percentage by converting 7 of the 13 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by completing 311 out of their 336 passing tries earning a percentage of 92.6%. Athletic Bilbao converted 5 shots attempted out of 20 shots attempted earning them a 25.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 4 goals and 4 assists in all matches, Athletic Bilbao has an average of 1.00 goal and 1.00 assist per 90.
Iker Muniain will be counted on for Athletic Bilbao. He scores 0.19 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 276 games during his soccer career. The forward hailing from Spain has been on the pitch for 24,192 mins and he has scored 50 goals. He has accumulated 55 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 27 times. Make sure to watch out for Inaki Williams, the forward hailing from Spain. He has totaled 47 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 25 different times. Williams has been given a total of 18 yellow cards in 17,202 professional minutes played (199 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.25.
Unai Simon will reside in front of the goal for Athletic Bilbao. During his career, Simon has allowed 82 goals and has totaled 169 saves in 80 starts. He has conceded 1.03 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 27-26-27. He has a save percentage of 70.7 and his shutout rate sits at 28.8%. Simon has earned 23 shutouts and defended 239 shots against him in 7,131 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Atlético Madrid (-170)
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