Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 10/26/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Espanyol vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Location: RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Espanyol (+178) Athletic Bilbao (+163)
RCDE Stadium is the venue where Javi Puado and Espanyol (3-4-3, 11th in La Liga) will take on Athletic Bilbao (4-4-1, 8th in La Liga) on Tuesday. The goalies expected to start will be Diego Lopez for Espanyol and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. The moneyline on this contest has Espanyol priced at +178 and the Lions are at +163. The over/under has been set at 2.25.
Espanyol played Elche in their most recent game and got the draw with a final of 2-2. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 88.2% received passes percentage by connecting on 365 of the 414 passing targets last contest. Espanyol attempted 12 dribbles in this match and were successful in 7 of those dribbles for a rate of 58.3%.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Espanyol walked away from the pitch at a 35.0% clip by putting 7 shots on target of 20 total shots. Espanyol averages 1.00 goal per 90 (10 total goals) and have accounted for 6 assists in all matches this year.
Javi Puado is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Espanyol. He has 13 assists while accumulating 6 yellow cards in his career. Puado has been a starter in 52 outings in his career and he tallies 0.31 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder from Spain has earned 16 goals in 4,686 minutes played.
Someone else who should impact this match is Raul De Tomas, the forward representing Spain. Tomas has earned 15,337 mins during 174 starts and has been given a total of 38 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 15 times in his career and he has scored 97 goals. He averages 0.57 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Espanyol will be Diego Lopez. Lopez has been on the field for 39,044 minutes and has accumulated 1,300 saves so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.2 (535 goals given up) and he is the owner of a save % of 71.5%. The goalie hailing from Spain has had 1,812 shots tried against him in 437 career starts. Lopez (188-110-135 mark in his professional soccer career) has 127 shutouts, which gives him a 29.1% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao got the victory with a final of 2-1 against Villarreal. They finished this game by connecting on 404 of the 472 attempted passes for a percentage of 85.6%. Athletic Bilbao had a 44.4% successful dribble percentage by completing 4 of the 9 dribbles they pursued. Athletic Bilbao connected on 5 shots attempted out of the team's 12 shots attempted which had them at a 41.7% clip in their last game. Having a total of 8 goals and 7 assists in all competitions, Athletic Bilbao averages 0.89 goals and 0.78 assists per 90 minutes.
Inaki Williams will be counted on for Athletic Bilbao. He scores 0.24 goals per 90 and has had a starting assignment in 203 matches so far in his career. The forward born in Spain has been on the field for 17,597 mins while scoring 47 goals. He has accumulated 18 yellow cards during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 28 times. You should also keep an eye on Iker Muniain, the forward representing Spain. Muniain has earned himself a total of 56 yellow cards in 24,563 minutes played (281 starts). His goals per 90 average during his career is 0.19. He has tallied 51 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 26 different times.
Unai Simon will look after the net for Athletic Bilbao. Simon has racked up 25 shutouts while defending 257 shots attempted against him in 7,581 minutes throughout his career. He holds a save percentage of 71.2 and his clean sheet rate is currently 29.4%. He has allowed 1.02 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 29-28-28. During his pro soccer career, Simon has conceded 86 goals while tallying 181 stops in 85 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+163)
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