Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, 1/14/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Location: Estadio Municipal de Anoeta in San Sebastián, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Real Sociedad (+153) Athletic Bilbao (+196)
The Lions (7-4-4) are en route to Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on Saturday where they will meet the Whites and Blues (10-2-4). Athletic Bilbao are priced at +196 and Real Sociedad are priced +153. The total is set at 2.75. The expected starting goalies are Alejandro Remiro Real Sociedad and Unai Simon Athletic Bilbao.
The Whites and Blues ranked 7th in relation to expected goals having 21.6, and the expected goals against came in at 13.7. Real Sociedad allowed 17 goals while conceding 1.06 G/90, and opposing teams compiled 58 shots on target on them. This team's goal differential was 6 by way of 23 goals compiled and also 17 goals surrendered. They compiled 6 shut outs, which gave them a percentage of 37.5 in the prior season. Real Sociedad had a total of 40 saves and also had a SV percentage of 70.7 over the course of last season. Real Sociedad amassed 42 yellow cards in the prior season as well as 1 red card. For the prior year, the club put together an average of 2.00 pts per match (32 points) and also ranked 5th in the league with 17 assists.
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Last year, Athletic Club had a save % of 69.6 (46 SoTA), and also sat at 7th in the league with 25 points. The Lions put together an average of 1.7 pts per match while compiling 17 assists and 1 red card. Athletic Bilbao accounted for 24 goals and the team's xG over the course of last year was sitting at 22.0. Athletic Bilbao had a CS% of 46.7 during the previous year and 27 yellow card warnings. The club's goals against/90 min was sitting at 0.93 with 32 saves, and they amassed 7 clean sheets. Athletic Bilbao sat at 3rd in relation to goals surrendered having 14, and their goal differential was at 10.
The man who will protect the net for Real Sociedad will be Alejandro Remiro. Remiro (69-34-53 record in his career) has 48 clean sheets, which gives him a 30.6% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Spain has had 571 shots sent in his direction in 157 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.09 (171 goals conceded) and he has a save % of .718. Remiro has been on the pitch for 14,063 mins and has accumulated 410 saves so far in his career.
Unai Simon is expected to look after the net for Athletic Bilbao. Simon has 28 clean sheets and has defended 284 shots attempted against him in 8,301 career minutes. He is the owner of a save % of .704 and his shutout rate sits at 30.1%. He has given up 1.04 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 32-30-31. In his pro soccer career, Simon has conceded 96 goals and has 200 stops in 93 starts.
Takefusa Kubo is one guy who has a chance to score for Real Sociedad. The forward born in Japan has 13 goals scored in 7,293 mins. Kubo has been in the starting lineup in 76 games during his career and tallies 0.16 goals per 90 minutes. He has accounted for 10 assists while accumulating 13 yellow card warnings so far in his career.
Athletic Bilbao features an attacker in Inaki Williams, who should keep defenses up at night. He currently averages 0.25 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 210 outings during his pro soccer career. The forward hailing from Spain has 18,137 mins while earning 50 goals. He has totaled 19 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 28 times.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Real Sociedad (+153)
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