Real Madrid vs Espanyol Prediction, 4/30/2022 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Madrid vs Espanyol
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Real Madrid (-400) Espanyol (+760)
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is the site where Toni Kroos and Real Madrid (24-6-3, 1st in La Liga) will take on Espanyol (10-9-14, 13th in La Liga) on Saturday. The expected starting goaltenders will be Thibaut Courtois for Real Madrid and Diego Lopez for Espanyol. Espanyol are priced at +760 while the Meringues are at -400. The total is set at 2.5.
Real Madrid took the field against Osasuna in their last matchup and walked away with a win by a score of 3-1. Real Madrid tried 19 dribbles in this outing and completed 11 of the attempts for a rate of 57.9%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 98.4% passes received rate by connecting on 666 of the 677 targeted passes in their last game.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Real Madrid ended this match at a 31.8% rate by putting 7 shots on target out of 22 total shots. Real Madrid is averaging 2.09 goals per 90 min (69 total goals) and have tallied 49 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Toni Kroos is a player who can be a difference maker for Real Madrid. He has 91 assists while tallying 56 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Kroos has been in the starting lineup in 355 matchups during his pro soccer career and has 0.12 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder who is from Germany has 42 goals in 31,029 mins.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Karim Benzema, the forward hailing from France. Benzema has played 36,762 mins during 430 career starts and has been given a total of 11 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 115 times during his soccer career while he has scored 260 goals. He sports an average of 0.64 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Real Madrid is Thibaut Courtois. Courtois (251-86-70 record in his career) has recorded 178 shutouts, which leaves him with a 43.4% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from Belgium has had 1,301 shots sent his way in 410 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 0.9 (369 goals given up) and he has a save % of 73.1%. Courtois has been on the pitch for a total of 36,714 minutes and has earned 948 saves so far in his career.
For their last game, Espanyol took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Rayo Vallecano. Espanyol had a 50.0% successful dribble percentage by completing 7 out of the 14 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by connecting on 451 out of their 496 passing attempts for a rate of 90.9%. Espanyol converted 2 shots attempted out of their 6 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 33.3% clip in their last match. With a total of 36 goals and 23 assists in all their contests, Espanyol averages 1.09 goals and 0.70 assists per 90 minutes.
Javi Puado will be someone to watch for Espanyol. The midfielder hailing from Spain has totaled 6,323 professional minutes and has scored 20 goals. He has totaled 11 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 14 times. He is averaging 0.28 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 71 games so far in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Raul De Tomas, the forward born in Spain. He has scored 107 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 16 times. Tomas has earned himself 42 yellow card cautions in 17,107 mins (194 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his soccer career is 0.56.
Diego Lopez will be residing in front of the goal for Espanyol. In his career, Lopez has allowed 566 goals and has 1,356 stops in 458 starts. He has conceded 1.25 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 195-115-144. He is the owner of a save percentage of 71.3 and his clean sheet rate sits at 28.8%. Lopez has totaled 132 clean sheets and has defended 1,896 shots against him in 40,871 mins throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Real Madrid (-400)
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