Athletic Bilbao vs Girona Prediction, 2/26/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Girona
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Location: San Mamés in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (-143) Girona (+410)
Athletic Bilbao (9-5-8) are hosting Girona (7-6-9) at San Mamés on Sunday. The Lions open at -143 while Girona are priced +410. The betting total comes in at 2.75. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao and Paulo Gazzaniga Girona.
Athletic Bilbao allowed 23 goals while relinquishing 1.05 goals per 90 minutes, and the opposition had a total of 75 shots on target against them. They amassed 8 clean sheets, giving them a percentage of 36.4 over the course of last season. Athletic Bilbao tallied 40 yellow card warnings over the course of last year and also 3 red cards. The Lions were ranked 8th in regard to expected goals with 28.6, and the expected goals against were at 18.5. For the previous season, the squad had an average of 1.45 pts per fixture (32 pts) and were 4th in soccer with 23 assists. The team's goal differential was 8 by way of 31 goals accumulated and also 23 goals allowed. Athletic Bilbao accumulated 52 saves and also earned a save% of 70.7 for the prior year.
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The Blanquivermells held an average of 1.2 points per match while earning 25 assists and 1 red card. Girona sat with a clean sheet % of 4.5 in the prior season and also 53 yellow cards. Girona sat at 10th in the category of goals against having 33, and their goal differential was sitting at 0. Last season, Girona FC a save rate of 68.4 (95 SoT against), and they also ranked 11th in soccer with 27 pts. This club's goals against/90 minutes was 1.50 in addition to 61 saves, and they had 1 clean sheet. Girona accumulated 33 goals and the team's xG for the previous season sat at 31.3.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon (34-31-34 mark in his professional soccer career) has accumulated 29 shutouts, which leaves him with a 29.3% shutout percentage. The goalie born in Spain has had 308 shots tried at him in 99 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.06 (104 total goals allowed) and he is the owner of a save % of .701. Simon has been on the field for 8,841 minutes and has tallied 216 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
Paulo Gazzaniga will look after the goal for Girona. He has allowed 1.25 goals per 90 while holding a record of 47-27-49. Gazzaniga has racked up 29 shutouts while seeing 528 shots attempted against him in 11,411 mins in his career. During his career, Gazzaniga has surrendered 159 goals while earning 369 stops in 125 starting assignments. He has a save % of .699 and his shutout rate is currently at 23.2%.
Raul Garcia is a member of the squad who can be a difference maker for Athletic Bilbao. The forward born in Spain has totaled 103 goals scored in 35,349 professional minutes played. Garcia has been in the starting lineup in 397 outings so far in his career and he accounts for 0.26 goals per 90 mins. He has accounted for 45 assists while accumulating 142 yellow cards thus far in his career.
Girona is being led by Cristhian Stuani, who should keep defenses up at night. He currently averages 0.58 goals per 90 minutes and has been in the starting lineup in 351 games so far in his career. The forward born in Uruguay has totaled 32,634 mins while scoring 211 goals. He has accumulated 110 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 25 times.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Girona (+410)
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