Levante vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 2/26/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Levante vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Location: Estadi Ciutat de València in Valencia, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Levante (+180) Athletic Bilbao (+160)
Inaki Williams and Athletic Bilbao (8-5-10, 10th in La Liga) go to Estadi Ciutat de València on Friday where they'll meet Levante (7-10-7, 8th in La Liga). The starting goalkeepers will be Aitor Fernandez for Levante and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Levante are priced +180 while the Lions are at +160. The total opens at 2.5.
Levante faced Atlético Madrid in their most recent match and walked away with a win by a score of 2-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended up with a 80.5% received passes rate by connecting on 322 out of their 400 passing targets last game. Levante tried 8 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 6 of the attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Concerning shot accuracy, Levante ended this match at a 16.7% clip by landing 1 SoT of 6 total shots. Levante sports an average of 1.37 goals per 90 (33 total goals) and have 25 assists in all competitions for the year.
Jose Luis Morales is a guy who can be a difference maker for Levante. He has 35 assists while accumulating 32 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Morales has been a starter in 252 games during his soccer career and he tallies 0.22 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from Spain has racked up 52 goals scored in 21,514 professional minutes. Someone else who should impact this match is Roger Marti, the forward representing Spain. Marti has been on the pitch for 15,981 mins in 182 starts and has been handed 46 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times in his career while scoring 85 total goals. He currently averages 0.48 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Levante is Aitor Fernandez. Fernandez (48-45-49 record during his career) has earned 36 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 25.4% clean sheet percentage. The goalie hailing from Spain has seen 591 shots attempted at him in 142 starts. His GA/90 is 1.2 (173 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save percentage of 73.8%. Fernandez has defended the goal for 12,805 mins and has earned 427 stops during his career.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao earned three points by winning 4-0 against Cadiz. Athletic Bilbao finished with a 73.1% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 19 of the 26 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by connecting on 429 out of their 514 attempted passes for a rate of 83.5%. Athletic Bilbao had 8 shots attempted out of 18 shots attempted which had them at a 44.4% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 30 goals and 22 assists in all their contests, Athletic Bilbao averages 1.30 goals and 0.96 assists per 90 minutes.
Inaki Williams will need to provide a lift for Athletic Bilbao. The forward representing Spain has totaled 16,243 mins while scoring 44 goals. He has accumulated 18 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times. He currently averages 0.24 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 190 outings so far in his career. Make sure to watch out for Iker Muniain, the forward hailing from Spain. Muniain has been handed 55 yellow card cautions in 23,521 minutes played (268 starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his career is 0.19. He has collected 49 goals in his career while helping on a goal 24 different times.
Unai Simon will be residing in front of the goal for Athletic Bilbao. So far in his pro soccer career, Simon has allowed 69 goals while earning 137 saves in 64 starts. He has surrendered 1.09 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 22-18-24. He sports a save % of 69.9 and his shutout rate is currently at 26.6%. Simon has accumulated 17 shutouts while defending 196 shots attempted against him in 5,691 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+160)
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