Barcelona vs Alaves Prediction, 2/13/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Alaves
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (-556) Alaves (+1000)
Camp Nou is the venue where Lionel Messi and Barcelona (13-4-4, 3rd in La Liga) will play Alaves (5-7-10, 16th in La Liga) on Saturday. The expected starting goalies will be Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Fernando Pacheco for Alaves. Barcelona are priced -556 while the Babazorros are at +1000. The total is set at 3.5.
Barcelona played Betis in their last game and went home with a win by a final score of 3-2. Barcelona attempted 21 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 10 of the attempts for a percentage of 47.6%. When discussing the passing game, they ended up with a 91.2% received passes rate by connecting on 688 out of their 754 passing targets in their last outing. In terms of shooting accuracy, Barcelona walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% rate by hitting 3 shots on target of 12 total shots. Barcelona sports an average of 1.90 goals per 90 min (40 goals in total) and have 24 assists in all matches this season.
Lionel Messi is a guy who should impact this matchup for Barcelona. Messi has had a starting assignment in 448 games so far in his career and he scores 1.01 G/90. The forward born in Argentina has totaled 457 goals scored in 40,647 minutes played. He has accounted for 186 assists while tallying 49 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career. Someone else who should impact this match is Antoine Griezmann, the forward representing France. Griezmann has been on the pitch for 31,748 minutes in 372 career starting assignments and has been handed 60 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 55 times during his soccer career and he has scored 155 goals. He scores 0.44 G/90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Barcelona is Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Stegen has seen the pitch for a total of 24,559 mins and has earned 839 stops during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 0.98 (267 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of .765. The goalie from Germany has had 1,097 shots tried against him in 273 career starts. Stegen (168-59-46 mark during his career) has recorded 106 shutouts, which leaves him with a 38.8% shutout rate.
When they last took the field, Alaves earned three points by winning 1-0 against Valladolid. Alaves finished the match with a 76.9% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 10 of the 13 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by completing 272 of the 358 passes they attempted for a rate of 76.0%. Alaves converted 5 shots tried out of their 19 shots tried earning them a 26.3% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 18 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, Alaves averages 0.82 goals and 0.50 assists per 90.
Joselu will need to provide a lift for Alaves. He is averaging 0.32 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 172 contests so far in his career. The forward from Germany has earned 16,144 minutes and he has scored 57 goals. He has tallied 30 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted on a goal 13 times. Be sure to watch out for Lucas Perez, the forward representing Spain. He has accumulated 75 goals in his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 41 different times. Perez has been handed 34 yellow cards in 18,242 minutes played (205 career starting assignments). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.37.
Fernando Pacheco will be residing in front of the goal for Alaves. During his pro soccer career, Pacheco has allowed 286 goals and has 699 saves in 238 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.21 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 86-59-92. He sports a save % of .730 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 30.7%. Pacheco has tallied 73 clean sheets and has defended 963 shots tried against him in 21,312 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Barcelona (-556)
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