Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction, 3/12/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Location: San Mamés in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+234) Barcelona (+124)
Athletic Bilbao (9-6-9) will go up against Barcelona (20-2-2) at San Mamés on Sunday. The Lions open at +234 and Barcelona are priced +124. The total has been set at 2.5. The starting goaltenders will be Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao and Marc-Andre ter Stegen Barcelona.
Athletic Bilbao accounted for 57 saves and also were the owners of a SV percentage of 69.1 last year. This team's difference in goals was sitting at 7 as a result of 33 goals scored as well as 26 goals surrendered. Over the course of the prior season, the squad had an average of 1.38 points per fixture (33 pts) and also were 5th in soccer with 24 assists. The Lions were 7th concerning expected goals having 31.6, and the xGA were 20.7. Athletic Bilbao accounted for 45 yellow card warnings in the previous season and 4 red cards. Athletic Bilbao relinquished 26 goals while giving up 1.08 G/90, and opposing teams amassed 81 shots on target against them. They tallied 9 clean sheets, giving them a percentage of 37.5 last year.
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On the campaign, Barca had a save rate of 88.9 (54 SoT against), and were ranked 1st in the league with 62 pts. The Blaugrana averaged 2.6 points per match while having 35 assists and 6 red cards. Barcelona finished with 46 goals and this squad's xG for the previous season was 48.2. Barcelona sat with a shut out % of 75.0 last year as well as 57 yellow cards. The team's goals against per 90 min sat at 0.33 in addition to 47 saves, and they had a total of 18 clean sheets. Barcelona had a ranking of 1st in relation to goals allowed with 8, and the squad's goal difference was 38.
The man who will defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao is Unai Simon. Simon has seen the field for 8,886 minutes and has tallied 218 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.08 (107 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .701. The goalie from Spain has faced 311 shots attempted against him in 100 career starting assignments. Simon (34-31-35 record in his career) has recorded 29 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 29.0% shutout percentage.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen will reside in front of the net for Barcelona. In his career, Stegen has allowed 293 goals and has accumulated 909 stops in 313 starting assignments. He has surrendered 0.94 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 198-64-51. He is the owner of a save percentage of .765 and his shutout rate sits at 41.5%. Stegen has accumulated 130 shutouts and has seen 1,188 shots attempted against him in 28,158 career minutes.
Raul Garcia is a man who has a chance to score for Athletic Bilbao. Garcia has started 397 outings during his soccer career while scoring 0.26 G/90. The forward who is from Spain has accumulated 104 goals scored in 35,414 minutes played. He has accounted for 45 assists while tallying 143 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career.
Barcelona is being led onto the pitch by Ferran Torres, who should keep defenses up at night. He is averaging 0.26 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 64 contests so far in his career. The forward from Spain has earned 5,946 minutes while he has scored 17 goals. He has totaled 15 yellow cards thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 10 times.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Barcelona (+124)
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