Barcelona vs Valencia Prediction, 10/17/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Location: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Barcelona (-405) Valencia (+907)
Memphis Depay and Barcelona (3-3-1, 9th in La Liga) host Valencia (3-3-2, 8th in La Liga) at Camp Nou on Sunday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona and Jasper Cillessen for Valencia. Valencia are priced at +907 while the Blaugrana are at -405. The total is set at 3.25.
Barcelona stepped onto the pitch against Atlético Madrid in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-0. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 91.4% rate by connecting on 680 of the 744 passing targets in their last game. Barcelona attempted 23 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 12 of those tries for a rate of 52.2%.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Barcelona finished the game at a 22.2% clip by landing 2 SoT out of 9 total shots. Barcelona sports an average of 1.57 goals per 90 (11 goals in total) and have accumulated 8 assists in all competitions this year.
Memphis Depay is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Barcelona. He has accounted for 56 assists while earning 21 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Depay has been given a starting assignment in 202 matches in his career and tallies 0.52 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Netherlands has totaled 107 goals scored in 18,450 minutes played.
One more player who should impact this match is Frenkie De Jong, the midfielder hailing from the Netherlands. He has assisted on a goal 27 times during his pro soccer career while scoring 17 goals. Jong has been on the pitch for 13,920 mins during 157 career starting assignments and has been given 14 yellow card warnings. He currently averages 0.11 goals per 90 minutes during his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Barcelona will be Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Stegen has been on the pitch for a total of 26,449 mins and has accumulated 871 saves during his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.0 (289 total goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of 75.9%. The goalie born in Germany has seen 1,147 shots tried at him in 294 starts. Stegen (180-64-50 mark in his professional soccer career) has recorded 113 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 38.4% shutout rate.
In their last outing, Valencia went home with a draw by a final score of 0-0 against Cadiz. They finished this game by completing 471 out of their 531 passes they attempted for a percentage of 88.7%. Valencia finished the match with a 52.2% successful dribble rate by completing 12 out of the 23 dribbles they tried. Valencia converted 4 shots attempted out of their 16 shots attempted earning them a 25.0% rate in their last game. Having tallied 11 goals and 7 assists in all their matches, Valencia sports an average of 1.37 goals and 0.87 assists per 90 minutes.
Manu Vallejo will need to provide a spark for Valencia. The forward born in Spain has totaled 4,071 professional minutes while he has scored 15 goals. He has totaled 6 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 3 times. He currently averages 0.33 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 43 games in his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Goncalo Guedes, the forward born in Portugal. Guedes has been given a total of 12 yellow cards in 10,395 mins (119 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.21. He has accumulated 24 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 30 times.
Jasper Cillessen will be looking after the net for Valencia. Thus far in his career, Cillessen has given up 174 goals and has 579 stops in 175 starts. He has given up 0.99 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 93-50-35. He has earned a save percentage of 77.8 and his shutout rate is currently 37.1%. Cillessen has totaled 65 shutouts and defended 747 shots against him in 15,838 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Valencia (+907)
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