Valladolid vs Espanyol Prediction, 3/5/2023 La Liga Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Valladolid vs Espanyol
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Location: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla in Valladolid, Spain
Odds/Point Spread: Valladolid (+131) Espanyol (+226)
The Budgerigars (6-9-8) are hitting the road to Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla on Sunday where they will try to defeat the White and Violets (7-3-13). Espanyol are priced at +226 while Valladolid are priced +131. The over/under is set at 2.75. The starting goalkeepers will be Sergio Asenjo Valladolid and Alvaro Fernandez Espanyol.
Valladolid compiled 69 SVs and they also held a save rate of 71.4 in the prior season. This team's difference in goals was -17 because of 16 goals accumulated in addition to 33 goals conceded. For the prior year, this club had an average of 1.04 points per match (24 points) and also had a ranking of 18th in La Liga with 12 assists. The White and Violets ranked 16th in goals expected with 20.8, and their xGA sat at 37.1. Valladolid accounted for 54 yellow card warnings in the previous season as well as 3 red cards. Valladolid conceded 33 goals while giving up 1.43 goals per 90, and the other team accumulated 105 shots on target on them. They amassed 6 clean sheets, which put them at a % of 26.1 last season.
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Espanyol compiled 29 goals and their expected goals for the prior year was at 27.1. Their goals against per 90 minutes was at 1.48 with 68 saves, and they tallied 4 clean sheets. On the season, RCD Espanyol had a save % of 66.0 (100 SoTA), and they also had a rank of 13th in soccer with 27 points. Espanyol sat at 13th when it comes to goals surrendered with 34, and their goal difference was at -5. Espanyol recorded a clean sheet % of 17.4 over the course of the prior season in addition to 59 yellow card cautions. The Budgerigars ended the season with an average of 1.2 pts per match while recording 18 assists and 7 red cards.
The man defending the goal for Valladolid will be Sergio Asenjo. Asenjo (114-80-103 mark in his professional soccer career) has accumulated 94 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.6% shutout percentage. The goalie from Spain has had 1,220 shots attempted against him in 297 career starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.20 (355 goals given up) and he is the owner of a save % of .730. Asenjo has seen the field for 26,558 mins and has 890 saves in his pro soccer career.
Alvaro Fernandez will look after the goal for Espanyol. Thus far in his career, Fernandez has surrendered 129 goals and has totaled 232 stops in 99 starts. He has conceded 1.30 goals per 90 while holding a record of 35-22-42. He is the owner of a save percentage of .707 and his clean sheet rate sits at 26.3%. Fernandez has racked up 26 shutouts and has seen 328 shots tried against him in 8,955 minutes throughout his career.
Sergio Leon is one guy who can be a force on the pitch for Valladolid. He has totaled 11 assists while accumulating 10 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. The forward hailing from Spain has 67 goals in 15,054 professional minutes. Leon has been a starter in 168 contests so far in his career and he scores 0.40 G/90.
Espanyol is being led onto the pitch by Javi Puado, who has been known to frustrate defenses. He has accounted for 9 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted on a goal 14 times. The forward from Spain has been on the field for 5,877 mins while scoring 19 goals. He is currently averaging 0.29 goals per 90 and has started 65 games during his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Espanyol (+226)
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