Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 9/25/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valencia vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Valencia (+172) Athletic Bilbao (+181)
Mestalla Stadium is the site where Manu Vallejo and Valencia (3-1-2, 4th in La Liga) will play Athletic Bilbao (2-3-1, 7th in La Liga) on Saturday. The starting goalies are Giorgi Mamardashvili for Valencia and Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao are priced at +181 while the Ches are at +172. The O/U opens at 2.25.
Valencia played Sevilla in their most recent game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-1. Valencia attempted 19 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 7 of the dribbles for a rate of 36.8%. In the passing game, they earned a 82.1% received passes rate by connecting on 256 of the 312 targeted passes in their last game.
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In terms of shooting accuracy, Valencia finished at a 37.5% rate by putting 3 shots on target of 8 total shots. Valencia has an average of 1.67 goals per 90 min (10 total goals) and have 6 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Manu Vallejo is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Valencia. He has totaled 3 assists while earning 5 yellow card warnings so far in his career. Vallejo has been in the starting lineup in 43 games so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 0.33 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in Spain has recorded 15 goals in 4,058 professional minutes.
One more player who should impact this match is Goncalo Guedes, the forward representing Portugal. He has helped on a goal 27 times during his soccer career while he has scored 24 goals. Guedes has been on the pitch for 10,211 minutes during 117 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 12 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.21 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Valencia will be Giorgi Mamardashvili. Mamardashvili (3-1-2 mark during his career) has accumulated 2 clean sheets, which has earned him a 33.3% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from Georgia has faced 25 shots sent in his direction in 6 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.2 (7 goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of 72.0%. Mamardashvili has seen the field for 540 minutes and has tallied 18 saves in his pro soccer career.
In their last game, Athletic Bilbao took a loss by a final score of 2-1 against Rayo Vallecano. Athletic Bilbao ended the game with a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 5 out of the 10 dribbles they attempted. They finished this game by connecting on 309 of the 339 passing tries earning a percentage of 91.2%. Athletic Bilbao converted 2 shots attempted out of the team's 9 shots attempted which had them at a 22.2% clip in their last game. With 4 goals and 4 assists in all their games, Athletic Bilbao has an average of 0.67 goals and 0.67 assists per 90 minutes.
Inaki Williams should provide a lift for Athletic Bilbao. The forward from Spain has played 17,292 mins while scoring 47 goals. He has 18 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 25 times. He is averaging 0.24 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 200 games during his soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Iker Muniain, the forward who is from Spain. Muniain has been handed a total of 56 yellow cards in 24,340 professional minutes (278 starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.18. He has earned 50 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 27 times.
Unai Simon will be looking after the net for Athletic Bilbao. Simon has racked up 24 clean sheets while he has seen 244 shots against him in 7,311 career mins. He sports a save % of 70.5 and his clean sheet rate sits at 29.3%. He has allowed 1.03 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 27-27-28. In his pro soccer career, Simon has allowed 84 goals and has accounted for 171 stops in 82 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+181)
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