Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction, 5/2/2021 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valencia vs Barcelona
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Valencia (+589) Barcelona (-266)
Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona (22-5-5, 3rd in La Liga) travel to Mestalla Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Valencia (8-12-13, 14th in La Liga). The goalies expected to start will be Jasper Cillessen for Valencia and Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona. Valencia are priced +589 while the Blaugrana are at -266. The total has been set at 3.5.
Valencia played Alaves in their last game and got the draw with a final of 1-1. Valencia attempted 12 dribbles in this match and converted 7 of the attempts for a rate of 58.3%. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 82.0% received passes percentage by completing 382 out of their 466 targeted passes last game. Concerning shot accuracy, Valencia finished the game at a 22.2% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 9 total shots. Valencia is averaging 1.18 goals per 90 (39 total goals) and have accumulated 27 assists In all contests for the year.
Carlos Soler is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Valencia. Soler has started 123 outings so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.13 goals per 90 minutes. The midfielder representing Spain has totaled 16 goals in 10,898 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 16 assists while earning 26 yellow cards during his career. One more guy who should impact this match is Manu Vallejo, the forward hailing from Spain. He has assisted on a goal 3 times so far in his career and he has scored 15 goals. Vallejo has played 3,945 mins during 42 career starts and has been handed 5 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.34 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Valencia will be Jasper Cillessen. Cillessen (91-47-33 mark during his career) has accounted for 63 shutouts, which leaves him with a 37.5% shutout percentage. The goalie born in the Netherlands has seen 714 shots sent in his direction in 168 starting assignments. His GA/90 is 1.0 (168 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of 77.6%. Cillessen has played for a total of 15,208 mins and is sitting with 553 stops so far in his career.
When they last took the field, Barcelona walked away with a victory by a final of 2-1 against Villarreal. They finished the match by completing 556 of the 618 passes they attempted for a rate of 90.0%. Barcelona earned a 68.0% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 17 out of the 25 dribbles they tried. Barcelona converted 5 shots attempted out of their 15 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 33.3% clip in their last game. Having accumulated 71 goals and 48 assists in all competitions, Barcelona sports an average of 2.22 goals and 1.50 assists per 90.
Antoine Griezmann should be someone to watch for Barcelona. He scores 0.44 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 380 matches in his career. The forward hailing from France has been on the pitch for 32,401 professional minutes while scoring 160 goals. He has accounted for 62 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 57 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lionel Messi, the forward representing Argentina. Messi has earned himself 50 yellow card cautions in 41,637 professional minutes (459 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 1.01. He has tallied 469 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 193 different times.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will look after the net for Barcelona. Stegen has racked up 110 shutouts while defending 1,121 shots tried against him in 25,549 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save % of 76.4 and his clean sheet rate is 38.7%. He has allowed 0.97 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 177-60-47. During his pro soccer career, Stegen has conceded 276 goals while earning 858 saves in 284 starts.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Barcelona (-266)
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