Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid Prediction, 5/8/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (-136) Atlético Madrid (+410)
Lionel Messi and Barcelona (23-5-6, 3rd in La Liga) play Atlético Madrid (23-7-4, 1st in La Liga) at Camp Nou on Saturday. The men protecting the net are Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Jan Oblak for Atlético Madrid. Barcelona are priced -136 while the Red and Whites are at +410. The total opens at 2.75.
Barcelona took the field against Valencia in their most recent game and walked away with a win by a score of 3-2. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 90.5% received passes rate by converting 725 out of their 801 passing targets in their last match. Barcelona attempted 13 dribbles in this contest and converted 9 of those tries for a rate of 69.2%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Barcelona walked away from the pitch at a 38.5% rate by landing 5 shots on target of 13 total shots. Barcelona sports an average of 2.21 goals per 90 min (75 total goals) and have accumulated 49 assists in all competitions for the year.
Lionel Messi is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Barcelona. He has accounted for 193 assists while earning 50 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. Messi has been in the starting lineup in 461 matches thus far in his career and scores 1.02 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in Argentina has 472 goals in 41,817 professional minutes. One more player who could decide who wins is Antoine Griezmann, the forward born in France. Griezmann has played 32,581 minutes during 382 starting assignments and has been handed 62 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 58 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 161 total goals. He is currently averaging 0.44 G/90 thus far in his career.
The guy protecting the net for Barcelona will be Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Stegen has been on the pitch for a total of 25,729 minutes and is sitting with 860 stops during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.0 (280 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 76.2%. The goalkeeper born in Germany has faced 1,127 shots attempted at him in 286 career starts. Stegen (178-60-48 mark during his career) has accounted for 110 shutouts, which gives him a 38.5% clean sheet percentage.
In their last outing, Atlético Madrid earned three points by winning 1-0 against Elche. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 369 out of their 430 passing attempts for a rate of 85.8%. Atlético Madrid finished the match with a 56.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 14 out of the 25 dribbles they attempted. Atlético Madrid landed 4 shots attempted out of 11 shots attempted which had them at a 36.4% clip in their last outing. With 59 goals and 49 assists in all their games, Atlético Madrid sports an average of 1.74 goals and 1.44 assists per 90 minutes.
Luis Suarez will need to provide a lift for Atlético Madrid. He is averaging 0.75 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 443 matches during his career. The forward hailing from Uruguay has been on the field for 39,188 minutes and has scored 325 goals. He has tallied 92 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 140 times. Be sure to watch out for Koke, the midfielder born in Spain. He has accounted for 36 goals in his career while helping on a goal 74 times. Koke has been handed 64 yellow card warnings in 27,074 professional minutes played (307 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.12.
Jan Oblak will reside in front of the goal for Atlético Madrid. Oblak has earned 143 shutouts and defended 903 shots attempted against him in 25,465 minutes in his career. He has a save % of 77.4 and his shutout rate is currently 50.4%. He has given up 0.77 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 162-68-52. During his pro soccer career, Oblak has allowed 217 goals and has tallied 702 saves in 284 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Barcelona (-136)
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