Espanyol vs Celta Vigo Prediction, 3/18/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Espanyol vs Celta Vigo
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Espanyol (+185) Celta Vigo (+160)
RCDE Stadium is the location where Celta Vigo (8-7-10) will compete against Espanyol (6-9-10) on Saturday. Espanyol opens at +185 while Celta de Vigo are priced +160. The total comes in at 2.75. The starting goalkeepers are Alvaro Fernandez Espanyol and Ivan Villar Celta Vigo.
The Budgerigars ranked 11th in regard to xG with 28.3, and the expected goals against were at 30.5. Espanyol allowed 39 goals while surrendering 1.56 G/90, and opponents accumulated 112 shots on target against them. This team's differential on goals sat at -8 with the help of 31 goals scored and 39 goals surrendered. They amassed 4 shut outs, which put them at a percentage of 16.0 in the prior season. Espanyol recorded 75 saves and also earned a save% of 65.2 over the course of the prior season. Espanyol compiled 63 yellow cards for the previous season and 7 red cards. Last season, this team put together an average of 1.08 pts per match (27 points) and they also had a rank of 8th in soccer with 20 assists.
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The Celtics held an average of 1.2 points per match while sitting with 20 assists and 4 red cards. Celta Vigo earned a clean sheet % of 36.0 last year and 54 yellow card cautions. Celta Vigo sat at 13th concerning goals conceded having 34, and the goal difference was sitting at -5. For the year, the Celtics had a save rate of 67.4 (95 SoT against), and also sat at 11th in La Liga with 31 pts. Their goals against per 90 sat at 1.36 in addition to 60 saves, and they finished with 9 shut outs. Celta Vigo amassed 29 goals and this squad's xG last season was sitting at 27.5.
The guy who will defend the goal for Espanyol will be Alvaro Fernandez. Fernandez has been on the pitch a total of 8,955 mins and has 232 saves during his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.30 (129 total goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of .707. The goalkeeper from Spain has had 328 shots attempted at him in 99 career starts. Fernandez (35-22-42 record during his career) has accumulated 26 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 26.3% shutout percentage.
Ivan Villar will look after the goal for Celta Vigo. He has surrendered 1.44 goals per 90 mins while holding a mark of 10-8-11. Villar has earned 9 clean sheets and has defended 110 shots attempted against him in 2,691 career minutes. In his career, Villar has given up 43 goals and has racked up 72 saves in 29 starting assignments. He sports a save % of .655 and his clean sheet rate sits at 31.0%.
Javi Puado is one member of the side who can be a difference maker for Espanyol. He has 14 assists while accumulating 9 yellow cards during his career. The forward hailing from Spain has earned 19 goals scored in 5,973 mins. Puado has started 66 games so far in his career and he accounts for 0.29 goals per 90 minutes.
Celta Vigo features Iago Aspas, who can change the course of a fixture. The forward hailing from Spain has accumulated 25,447 professional minutes and has earned 154 goals. He sports an average of 0.54 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 288 games thus far in his career. He has totaled 72 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 52 times.
Who will win tonight's La Liga game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Espanyol (+185)
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