Valencia vs Alaves Prediction, 8/27/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valencia vs Alaves
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Valencia (-110) Alaves (+303)
Mestalla Stadium is the site where Carlos Soler and Valencia (1-1-0, 5th in La Liga) will play Alaves (0-0-2, 19th in La Liga) on Friday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Jasper Cillessen for Valencia and Fernando Pacheco for Alaves. The line on this contest has Valencia priced at -110 and the Babazorros are at +303. The over/under opens at 2.25.
Valencia faced off with Granada in their last matchup and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. Valencia attempted 15 dribbles in this matchup and converted 9 of the tries for a rate of 60.0%. In sharing the ball, they earned a 75.2% passes received rate by connecting on 237 of the 315 pass targets in their last game.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Valencia walked away from the pitch at a 27.8% rate by landing 5 shots on target of 18 shots.
Carlos Soler is a player who should be able to impact this game for Valencia. Soler has been given a starting assignment in 130 matchups during his pro soccer career and tallies 0.16 G/90. The midfielder from Spain has earned 21 goals in 11,517 minutes. He has accounted for 19 assists while accumulating 28 yellow cards during his pro soccer career.
Someone else who should impact this game is Manu Vallejo, the forward born in Spain. Vallejo has been on the field for 4,047 mins in 43 starts and has been given a total of 5 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 3 times in his career and he has scored 15 goals. He is averaging 0.33 goals per 90 minutes so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Valencia is Jasper Cillessen. Cillessen (93-48-35 record in his career) has recorded 65 shutouts, which leaves him with a 37.6% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from the Netherlands has had 742 shots attempted against him in 173 starts. His GA/90 is 1.0 (173 total goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of 77.8%. Cillessen has been on the field for a total of 15,658 minutes and is sitting with 575 saves in his career.
For their last outing, Alaves took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Mallorca. They finished the match by connecting on 262 of the 315 passes they attempted for a percentage of 83.2%. Alaves had a 58.3% successful dribble percentage by completing 7 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Alaves connected on 2 shots attempted out of the team's 9 shots attempted giving them a 22.2% rate in their last match.
Lucas Perez will need to provide a spark for Alaves. The forward who is from Spain has been on the field for 18,962 professional minutes and has scored 75 goals. He has accumulated 35 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted on a goal 42 times. He currently averages 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 213 games during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Joselu, the forward representing Germany. Joselu has been handed 30 yellow cards in 17,638 minutes played (189 career starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.33. He has earned 64 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 15 different times.
Fernando Pacheco is expected to look after the net for Alaves. So far in his pro soccer career, Pacheco has allowed 319 goals while tallying 732 saves in 255 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.26 goals per 90 while holding a record of 90-63-101. He has earned a save percentage of 71.7 and his shutout rate is 29.8%. Pacheco has earned 76 clean sheets while defending 1,029 shots against him in 22,861 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alaves (+303)
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