Elche vs Espanyol Prediction, 10/23/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Elche vs Espanyol
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero in Alicante, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Elche (+174) Espanyol (+196)
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero is the site where Pere Milla and Elche (2-3-4, 14th in La Liga) will take on Espanyol (3-3-3, 11th in La Liga) on Saturday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Kiko Casilla for Elche and Diego Lopez for Espanyol. Elche are priced +174 while the Budgerigars are at +196. The over/under opens at 2.
Elche took the field against Rayo Vallecano in their last game and ended up losing by a score of 2-1. Elche tried 21 dribbles in this game and completed 13 of the dribbles for a percentage of 61.9%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished with a 80.1% rate by converting 282 of the 352 pass targets last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Elche finished at a 42.9% rate by hitting 3 shots on target out of 7 total shots. Elche sports an average of 0.67 goals per 90 min (6 total goals) and have accounted for 4 assists in all games for this campaign.
Pere Milla is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Elche. Milla has been given a starting assignment in 91 matches during his soccer career and he has earned 0.20 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Spain has totaled 18 goals scored in 8,205 mins played. He has 10 assists while accumulating 19 yellow card warnings so far in his career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Lucas Boye, the forward representing Argentina. He has helped on a goal 11 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 18 total goals. Boye has been on the field for 9,330 minutes in 98 starting assignments and has been given a total of 23 yellow cards. He scores 0.17 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The man protecting the net for Elche is Kiko Casilla. Casilla has played for a total of 24,544 mins and has tallied 774 stops so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.3 (341 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 69.7%. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has seen 1,108 shots attempted against him in 273 career starts. Casilla (109-70-94 mark in his career) has recorded 86 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.5% shutout rate.
The last time they took the field, Espanyol went home victorious with a score of 2-0 against Cadiz. They finished the match by converting 418 of the 491 passing attempts for a rate of 85.1%. Espanyol finished with a 74.1% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 20 of the 27 dribbles they tried. Espanyol had 6 shots tried out of 14 shots tried earning them a 42.9% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 8 goals and 4 assists in all matches, Espanyol averages 0.89 goals and 0.44 assists per 90 min.
Raul De Tomas will need to provide a spark for Espanyol. He scores 0.57 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 173 games during his career. The forward from Spain has 15,247 professional minutes while scoring 96 goals. He has accounted for 38 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times. Make sure to watch out for Javi Puado, the midfielder representing Spain. Puado has been handed a total of 6 yellow card cautions in 4,686 professional minutes played (52 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.31. He has 16 goals so far in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 13 different times.
Diego Lopez will reside in front of the goal for Espanyol. During his pro soccer career, Lopez has conceded 533 goals and has 1,295 stops in 436 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.23 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 188-109-135. He has earned a save % of 71.5 and his clean sheet rate is 29.1%. Lopez has accumulated 127 clean sheets and has defended 1,805 shots tried against him in 38,954 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Espanyol (+196) and under the total goals
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