Real Madrid vs Villarreal Prediction, 5/22/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Madrid vs Villarreal
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Real Madrid (-300) Villarreal (+700)
Dani Parejo and Villarreal (15-13-9, 7th in La Liga) are headed to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on Real Madrid (24-9-4, 2nd in La Liga). The starting goalies will be Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and Sergio Asenjo for Villarreal. The odds on this game have Real Madrid coming in at -300 and the Submarino Amarillos are at +700. The total has been set at 3.5.
Real Madrid played Athletic Bilbao in their last match and notched a win by a score of 1-0. Real Madrid tried 28 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 17 of those tries for a percentage of 60.7%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended the game with a 88.8% rate by converting 581 of the 654 passing attempts in their last outing. In relation to shooting accuracy, Real Madrid walked away from the pitch at a 16.7% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 12 total shots. Real Madrid averages 1.68 goals per 90 min (62 goals in total) and have accounted for 51 assists in all matches this year.
Karim Benzema is a player who can be a difference maker for Real Madrid. Benzema has had a starting assignment in 400 games during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.61 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing France has recorded 234 goals scored in 34,259 mins. He has 102 assists while earning 11 yellow card warnings in his career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Eden Hazard, the forward representing Belgium. Hazard has 31,260 mins in 357 starts and has been given a total of 23 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 90 times thus far in his career while scoring 125 total goals. He averages 0.36 goals per 90 for his career.
The man protecting the net for Real Madrid is Thibaut Courtois. Courtois has been on the pitch for a total of 33,654 minutes and has tallied 868 stops during his soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 0.9 (339 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is 73.0%. The goalie from Belgium has seen 1,191 shots attempted against him in 376 starts. Courtois (226-80-67 mark during his career) has accounted for 165 shutouts, which has earned him a 43.9% shutout percentage.
For their last game, Villarreal took home the win by a final score of 4-0 against Sevilla. Villarreal finished the match with a 46.2% successful dribble rate by completing 6 out of the 13 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by completing 385 out of their 437 passes they tried for a rate of 88.1%. Villarreal connected on 5 shots attempted out of 12 shots attempted giving them a 41.7% clip in their last match. Having earned a total of 56 goals and 32 assists in all matches, Villarreal is averaging 1.51 goals and 0.86 assists per 90.
Dani Parejo should provide solid play for Villarreal. The midfielder hailing from Spain has been on the pitch for 31,197 mins while scoring 67 goals. He has tallied 100 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 58 times. He has an average of 0.19 goals per 90 and has started 353 outings in his career. You should also watch out for Gerard Moreno, the forward hailing from Spain. He has 107 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 27 times. Moreno has been given a total of 28 yellow card warnings in 20,808 mins (233 career starting assignments). His G/90 average thus far in his career is 0.46.
Sergio Asenjo is expected to look after the net for Villarreal. Asenjo has totaled 93 clean sheets and has defended 1,207 shots tried against him in 26,017 mins throughout his career. He has a save percentage of 72.9 and his shutout rate sits at 32.0%. He has allowed 1.19 goals per 90 and he has a mark of 113-79-98. So far in his pro soccer career, Asenjo has given up 345 goals and has racked up 886 saves in 291 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Real Madrid (-300)
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