Elche vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 5/22/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Elche vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero in Alicante, Spain
TV: Sky HD
Odds/Point Spread: Elche (-120) Athletic Bilbao (+300)
Dani Garcia and Athletic Bilbao (11-13-13, 9th in La Liga) travel to Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero on Saturday where they'll take on Elche (7-12-18, 18th in La Liga). The goaltenders protecting the net are Edgar Badia for Elche and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao are priced at +300 while the Green-Striped Ones are at -120. The total opens at 2.5.
Elche stepped onto the pitch against Cadiz in their most recent game and walked away with a win by a score of 3-1. Elche attempted 19 dribbles in this contest and converted 12 of those attempts for a percentage of 63.2%. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 90.4% received passes percentage by connecting on 507 of the 561 pass attempts in their last outing. Regarding shot accuracy, Elche walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% clip by landing 5 SoT out of 20 shots. Elche averages 0.84 goals per 90 minutes (31 goals in total) and have racked up 23 assists in all competitions this season.
Pere Milla is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Elche. Milla has started 88 matchups so far in his career and accounts for 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Spain has accumulated 18 goals in 7,863 mins played. He has totaled 9 assists while accumulating 19 yellow cards thus far in his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Lucas Boye, the forward representing Argentina. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times in his pro soccer career and he has scored 16 total goals. Boye has been on the pitch for 8,869 mins during 92 starts and has been handed a total of 23 yellow card warnings. He is averaging 0.16 G/90 during his career.
The man who will protect the net for Elche will be Edgar Badia. Badia (55-65-68 mark in his career) has earned 59 clean sheets, which gives him a 31.4% shutout rate. The goalie from Spain has seen 633 shots attempted at him in 188 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.1 (207 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 77.1%. Badia has defended the goal for 16,920 mins and has 481 stops so far in his career.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao earned a 90.9% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 11 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by converting 302 out of their 356 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 84.8%. Athletic Bilbao had 1 shot on target out of 8 shots attempted which gave them a 12.5% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 43 goals and 31 assists in all their contests, Athletic Bilbao averages 1.16 goals and 0.84 assists per 90.
Dani Garcia should provide a lift for Athletic Bilbao. He currently averages 0.01 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 258 matches thus far in his career. The midfielder born in Spain has been on the field for 22,734 minutes while scoring 2 goals. He has accounted for 95 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 10 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Inaki Williams, the forward who is from Spain. Williams has been given a total of 18 yellow cards in 16,821 mins played (195 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.24. He has tallied 45 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 25 times.
Unai Simon will look after the goal for Athletic Bilbao. Thus far in his career, Simon has conceded 82 goals and has 168 stops in 78 starts. He has conceded 1.06 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 25-26-27. He has earned a save percentage of 70.6 and his clean sheet rate is 26.9%. Simon has recorded 21 shutouts while seeing 238 shots against him in 6,951 career mins.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+300) and under the total goals
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