Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction, 1/22/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Date: Sunday, January 22, 2023
Location: San Mamés in Bilbao, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Athletic Bilbao (+183) Real Madrid (+146)
The Meringues (12-2-2) are traveling to San Mamés on Sunday where they will take on the Lions (7-5-5). The Lions open at +183 while Real Madrid are priced +146. The total comes in at 2.75. The expected starting goalkeepers are Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao and Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid.
Athletic Bilbao relinquished 17 goals while giving up 1.00 G/90, and opposing clubs tallied 52 SoT against them. They accounted for 8 shut outs, which had them at a percentage of 47.1 for the previous season. Athletic Bilbao accumulated 28 yellow cards for the prior year and 2 red cards. The Lions were ranked 6th concerning xG having 23.4, and their xGA were at 12.5. For the previous campaign, this team finished with an average of 1.53 points per match (26 pts) and were ranked 5th in soccer with 18 assists. The team's difference in goals was sitting at 8 with the help of 25 goals tallied and also 17 goals allowed. Athletic Bilbao tallied 35 saves and also held a save percentage of 69.2 last year.
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The Meringues ended the season with an average of 2.4 points per match while accumulating 25 assists and 1 red card. Real Madrid earned a shut out rate of 18.8 over the course of last season as well as 25 yellow card cautions. Real Madrid ranked 2nd in regard to goals allowed having 16, and the team's goal difference was at 20. Last year, the Meringues had a save rate of 79.7 (59 SoTA), and they also had a rank of 2nd in La Liga with 38 pts. Their goals against per 90 was at 1.00 with 43 saves, and they compiled 3 clean sheets. Real Madrid accounted for 36 goals and their goals expected for the prior year was sitting at 35.2.
The guy defending the goal for Athletic Bilbao will be Unai Simon. Simon has defended the goal a total of 8,481 minutes and has earned 203 saves so far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.05 (99 goals given up) and his save percentage is .700. The keeper born in Spain has faced 290 shots attempted at him in 95 career starting assignments. Simon (32-31-32 record in his career) has 29 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 30.5% shutout percentage.
Thibaut Courtois will be residing in front of the net for Real Madrid. So far in his career, Courtois has surrendered 354 goals and has tallied 902 stops in 389 starts. He has surrendered 0.91 goals per 90 mins while he holds a mark of 236-81-69. He holds a save percentage of .727 and his clean sheet rate is currently 42.7%. Courtois has recorded 166 clean sheets while seeing 1,241 shots attempted against him in 34,824 mins throughout his career.
Inaki Williams is a player who has a chance to score for Athletic Bilbao. The forward from Spain has 50 goals in 18,289 minutes. Williams has been a starter in 212 matchups so far in his career and he accounts for 0.25 G/90. He has totaled 28 assists while accumulating 19 yellow cards thus far in his career.
Real Madrid has a player in Vinicius Junior, who is a thorn in the side of defenses. The forward hailing from Brazil has been on the field for 7,299 minutes while scoring 21 goals. He has an average of 0.26 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 74 matches in his career. He has tallied 16 yellow card warnings so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 11 times.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Athletic Bilbao (+183)
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