Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo Prediction, 4/17/2022 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Celta Vigo
Date: Sunday, April 17, 2022
Location: San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (-101) Celta Vigo (+285)
San Mamés Stadium is the venue where Iker Muniain and Athletic Bilbao (11-12-8, 8th in La Liga) will play Celta de Vigo (9-9-13, 12th in La Liga) on Sunday. The starting goaltenders are Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Matias Dituro for Celta de Vigo. Athletic Bilbao are priced -101 while the Celtics are at +285. The O/U opens at 2.25.
Athletic Bilbao stepped onto the pitch against Villarreal in their last matchup and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. In sharing the ball, they earned a 80.4% passes received rate by converting 295 out of their 367 targeted passes last match. Athletic Bilbao attempted 16 dribbles in this matchup and were able to convert 9 of the attempts for a percentage of 56.3%.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Athletic Bilbao ended this match at a 50.0% rate by landing 6 shots on target of 12 total shots. Athletic Bilbao averages 1.10 goals per 90 min (34 goals in total) and have earned 30 assists in all matches this year.
Iker Muniain is a player who should be able to impact this match for Athletic Bilbao. He has totaled 31 assists while tallying 56 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Muniain has been given a starting assignment in 299 matchups so far in his career and he scores 0.18 G/90. The forward representing Spain has totaled 53 goals in 26,079 mins.
One more player who should impact this match is Inaki Williams, the forward representing Spain. He has helped a teammate on a goal 30 times so far in his career while he has scored 52 total goals. Williams has been on the field for 19,193 mins during 221 starting assignments and has been given 21 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.24 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. Simon has defended the goal for 9,381 minutes and is sitting with 227 saves so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.0 (107 total goals conceded) and his save % is 71.5%. The keeper from Spain has faced 323 shots tried at him in 105 starts. Simon (35-36-34 record during his career) has totaled 30 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 28.6% shutout percentage.
For their last outing, Celta Vigo took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Espanyol. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 460 out of their 533 passes they attempted for a percentage of 86.3%. Celta Vigo ended the game with a 42.9% successful dribble percentage by converting 3 out of the 7 dribbles they pursued. Celta Vigo had 4 shots attempted out of the team's 10 shots attempted giving them a 40.0% rate when they last stepped onto the pitch. With a total of 34 goals and 22 assists in all their contests, Celta Vigo averages 1.10 goals and 0.71 assists per 90.
Brais Mendez should provide solid play for Celta Vigo. He averages 0.18 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 113 games during his pro soccer career. The midfielder born in Spain has been on the field for 9,874 professional minutes and has scored 20 goals. He has collected 24 yellow card cautions during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 14 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Iago Aspas, the forward who is from Spain. Aspas has been handed 77 yellow card cautions in 25,822 minutes (294 career starts). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.54. He has scored 156 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 53 different times.
Matias Dituro will look after the net for Celta Vigo. Thus far in his career, Dituro has given up 111 goals while earning 307 saves in 205 starting assignments. He has conceded 0.92 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 101-54-50. He has earned a save % of 76.8 and his clean sheet rate is 35.1%. Dituro has racked up 72 shutouts while defending 396 shots tried against him in 18,389 career mins.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Celta Vigo (+285)
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