Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 1/31/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (-333) Athletic Bilbao (+800)
Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona (11-4-4, 3rd in La Liga) host Athletic Bilbao (6-3-9, 13th in La Liga) at Camp Nou on Sunday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao are priced at +800 while the Blaugrana are at -333. The total has been set at 3.5.
Barcelona took the field against Elche in their most recent match and walked away with a win by a score of 2-0. Barcelona tried 12 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 8 of those tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished with a 92.4% received passes rate by completing 656 of the 710 targeted passes last game. In regard to shooting accuracy, Barcelona finished the game at a 53.3% clip by putting 8 shots on target out of 15 total shots. Barcelona is averaging 1.89 goals per 90 min (36 total goals) and have accounted for 22 assists in all competitions this season.
Antoine Griezmann is a player who can be a difference maker for Barcelona. Griezmann has been in the starting lineup in 370 matches so far in his career and he tallies 0.44 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from France has tallied 154 goals in 31,575 professional minutes. He has accounted for 55 assists while accumulating 60 yellow cards in his career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Lionel Messi, the forward representing Argentina. Messi has earned 40,523 mins in 447 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 49 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 186 times in his career while he has scored 455 goals. He is averaging 1.01 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The man protecting the net for Barcelona will be Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Stegen has been on the field for a total of 24,379 minutes and is sitting with 834 stops so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 0.97 (264 goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of .766. The goalkeeper from Germany has seen 1,090 shots sent his way in 271 career starting assignments. Stegen (166-59-46 mark during his career) has accumulated 106 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 39.1% clean sheet percentage.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao took a loss by a score of 3-2 against Barcelona. They wrapped up this outing by completing 436 out of their 489 attempted passes for a rate of 89.2%. Athletic Bilbao had a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by completing 4 out of the 6 dribbles they attempted. Athletic Bilbao had 4 shots tried out of 8 shots tried which had them sitting at a 50.0% rate when they last took the field. With 20 goals and 14 assists in all their matches, Athletic Bilbao has an average of 1.11 goals and 0.78 assists per 90.
Iker Muniain will need to be on top of his game for Athletic Bilbao. The forward born in Spain has totaled 23,172 minutes while scoring 49 goals. He has totaled 55 yellow card warnings during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times. He currently averages 0.19 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 264 matches so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has accumulated 43 goals thus far in his career while assisting on a goal 21 times. Williams has been handed 18 yellow card cautions in 15,836 professional minutes played (185 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.24.
Unai Simon is expected to look after the net for Athletic Bilbao. During his pro soccer career, Simon has given up 64 goals and has accounted for 129 stops in 59 starts. He has surrendered 1.10 goals per 90 minutes and he has a mark of 20-16-23. He has a save % of .705 and his clean sheet rate is 27.1%. Simon has earned 16 shutouts and defended 183 shots attempted against him in 5,241 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+800)
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