Celta Vigo vs Villarreal Prediction, 1/8/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Celta Vigo vs Villarreal
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Estadio de Balaídos in Vigo, Spain
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Celta Vigo (+210) Villarreal (+131)
Brais Mendez and Celta de Vigo (6-5-6, 8th in La Liga) host Villarreal (7-8-2, 4th in La Liga) at Estadio de Balaídos on Friday. The goalkeepers protecting the net are Ruben Blanco for Celta de Vigo and Sergio Asenjo for Villarreal. The moneyline on this matchup has Celta de Vigo coming in at +210 and the Submarino Amarillos are at +131. The over/under is set at 2.25.
Celta Vigo faced Real Madrid in their last game and ended up losing by a score of 2-0. Celta Vigo tried 20 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 10 of the attempts for a rate of 50.0%. In the passing game, they ended with a 88.6% rate by connecting on 624 of the 704 pass attempts in their last game. Celta Vigo is averaging 1.29 goals per 90 (22 goals in total) and have accounted for 13 assists In all contests for the season.
Brais Mendez is a player who should be able to impact this game for Celta Vigo. He has 11 assists while accumulating 10 yellow cards in his career. Mendez has been a starter in 64 matches during his career and has 0.16 G/90. The midfielder from Spain has tallied 10 goals scored in 5,739 minutes. One more guy who should impact this match is Nolito, the forward who represents Spain. He has helped a teammate on a goal 50 times during his soccer career while scoring 84 total goals. Nolito has 18,731 minutes in 205 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 54 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.40 G/90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Celta Vigo will be Ruben Blanco. Blanco (41-30-41 record in his career) has earned 30 clean sheets, which gives him a 27.3% clean sheet rate. The keeper born in Spain has seen 445 shots tried at him in 110 career starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.42 (157 goals given up) and he has a save % of .688. Blanco has defended the goal for 9,935 minutes and has earned 300 stops during his soccer career.
In their last game, Villarreal took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Levante. They wrapped up this match by completing 451 of the 524 passes they tried for a rate of 86.1%. Villarreal finished with a 58.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 10 of the 17 dribbles they tried. Villarreal had 7 shots attempted out of their 12 shots attempted which had them at a 58.3% clip in their last outing. Having accumulated 22 goals and 13 assists in all their matches, Villarreal sports an average of 1.29 goals and 0.76 assists per 90 minutes.
Samuel Chukwueze should be able to be counted on for Villarreal. The forward hailing from Nigeria has been on the pitch for 4,436 mins while scoring 9 goals. He has accumulated 4 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 6 times. He currently averages 0.18 goals per 90 and has started 45 matches during his soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Gerard Moreno, the forward who represents Spain. Moreno has been given a total of 28 yellow card cautions in 19,535 mins (219 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.43. He has totaled 93 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 22 different times.
Sergio Asenjo will be residing in front of the net for Villarreal. During his pro soccer career, Asenjo has allowed 322 goals and has 835 stops in 272 starts. He has given up 1.19 goals per 90 minutes while holding a record of 105-74-92. He holds a save percentage of .730 and his clean sheet rate is currently 32.0%. Asenjo has earned 87 clean sheets while he has seen 1,137 shots attempted against him in 24,307 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Villarreal (+131)
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