Athletic Bilbao vs Almeria Prediction, 10/8/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Almeria
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2023
Location: San Mamés in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (-210) Almeria (+540)
San Mamés is the location where Almeria (0-3-5) will attempt to beat Athletic Bilbao (4-2-2) on Sunday. Almeria are priced at +540 and Athletic Bilbao are priced -210. The over/under is set at 2.5. The goaltenders protecting the net will be Unai Simon for Athletic Bilbao and Luis Maximiano for Almeria.
Athletic Club has given up 9 goals while relinquishing 1.13 goals per 90 minutes, and the other team have compiled 39 shots on target on them. They have accumulated 4 clean sheets, giving them a rate of 50.0 so far this season. Athletic Bilbao has compiled 23 yellow cards this year in addition to 2 red cards. The Lions rank 6th in relation to xG having 12.5, and the squad's expected goals against are at 7.3. This season, this team averages 1.75 pts/match (14 points) and also have a rank of 7th in the league with 9 assists. The team's goal differential is at 4 by way of 13 goals tallied in addition to 9 goals surrendered. Athletic Bilbao has recorded 30 saves and they have a save% of 76.9 for the season.
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So far this season, UD Almeria has a save rate of 60.0 (45 SoT against), and also are ranked 20th in soccer with 3 points. The Rojiblancos have an average of 0.4 points per match while compiling 7 assists and 1 red card. Almeria has amassed 11 goals and their expected goals for the season is 14.8. UD Almeria has compiled 19 yellow card warnings. Their goals against per 90 min is at 2.62 in addition to 23 saves. Almeria is ranked 20th in goals given up with 21, and the difference in goals is sitting at -10.
The guy protecting the net for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.06 (159 goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of 72.0. Simon (55-45-51 mark in his career) has totaled 46 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.5% clean sheet rate. Simon has played for 13,476 mins and has accumulated 351 stops so far in his career. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has seen 504 shots tried against him in 151 career starting assignments.
Luis Maximiano will look after the goal for Almeria. He has given up 1.44 goals per 90 mins while earning a record of 23-19-26. Maximiano has racked up 18 shutouts while defending 289 shots tried against him in 5,996 minutes in his career. So far in his career, Maximiano has allowed 96 goals while totaling 192 saves in 68 starting assignments. He holds a save percentage of 69.6 and his shutout rate sits at 26.9%.
Inaki Williams is a player to keep an eye out for Athletic Bilbao. Williams has been in the starting lineup in 269 matchups in his career and accounts for 0.26 goals per 90. The forward hailing from Spain has totaled 68 goals in 23,245 minutes played. He has totaled 37 assists while earning 27 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career.
Almeria has an attacker in Luis Javier Suarez, who has been known to frustrate defenses. The forward representing Almeria has been on the pitch for 12,473 mins and has scored 50 goals. He is averaging 0.36 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 144 outings during his soccer career. He has 38 yellow card warnings during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 15 times.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (-210)
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