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Unión Española vs. Curico Unido 10/16/2021 Chilean Primera División Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Unión Española clashes with Curico Unido on 10/16/2021.

Unión Española encounters Curico Unido in a Chilean Primera División match. Unión Española with a record of 11-3-10 this season comes into this game with a 4-1-7 record on the road. Curico Unido is 6-9-9 this season and is 4-5-3 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Unión Española and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. How does Curico Unido bounce back from a tough loss? They will get to answer that question on their home pitch against Unión Española.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Curico Unido and it is an opportunity to get rolling. In their previous match, Curico Unido came out with a draw and will look to chalk up a tally in the win column. Their home crowd or lack thereof (in person, but there will be virtual fans “present”) due to ongoing pandemic is hungry for a win.

The Unión Española Roster

The Players to Watch for the Unión Española

Víctor Méndez MF

Víctor Méndez has 39.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Víctor Méndez has 10.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Víctor Méndez had 24 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Unión Española teammates, Víctor Méndez had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Víctor Méndez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Víctor Méndez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 24 fouls this season. He has drawn 26 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Cristian Palacios FW

Cristian Palacios has 104.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Cristian Palacios has 43.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Cristian Palacios had 21 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Unión Española teammates, Cristian Palacios had 15 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Cristian Palacios has 4 Yellow Cards this season. Cristian Palacios has 5 Red Cards this season. He has committed 12 fouls this season. He has drawn 41 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Stefano Magnasco DF

Stefano Magnasco has 10.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Stefano Magnasco has 5.0 shots on target this season. Shots on target are a rarity for him, maybe he will fare better with his number of shots, shot selection or shot accuracy.

As a scorer, Stefano Magnasco had 21 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Stefano Magnasco has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Stefano Magnasco has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Stefano Magnasco has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 22 fouls this season. He has drawn 20 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Jonathan Villagra DF

As a shooter, Jonathan Villagra had 8.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Jonathan Villagra had 1.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

As a scorer, Jonathan Villagra had 17 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Jonathan Villagra has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Jonathan Villagra has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Jonathan Villagra has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 16 fouls this season. He has drawn 14 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Thomas Galdames DF,MF

As a shooter, Thomas Galdames had 12.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Thomas Galdames has 5.0 shots on target this season. Shots on target are a rarity for him, maybe he will fare better with his number of shots, shot selection or shot accuracy.

Thomas Galdames has 15 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Thomas Galdames has 2 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Thomas Galdames has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Thomas Galdames has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 19 fouls this season. He has drawn 23 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

The Curico Unido Roster

The Players to Watch for the Curico Unido

Ronald de la Fuente DF

Ronald de la Fuente has 11.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Ronald de la Fuente had 2.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Ronald de la Fuente had 22 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Ronald de la Fuente has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Ronald de la Fuente has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Ronald de la Fuente has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 23 fouls this season. He has drawn 23 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Leandro Benegas FW

Leandro Benegas has 82.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Leandro Benegas has 36.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Leandro Benegas had 20 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Curico Unido teammates, Leandro Benegas had 11 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Leandro Benegas has 2 Yellow Cards this season. Leandro Benegas has 2 Red Cards this season. He has committed 30 fouls this season. He has drawn 15 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Franco Bechtholdt DF,MF

Franco Bechtholdt has 15.0 shots fired this season. His role is to not be a scoring threat, defenses are shutting him down quite easily and/or he is just a passive player when it comes to scoring attempts. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Franco Bechtholdt had 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Franco Bechtholdt had 19 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Curico Unido teammates, Franco Bechtholdt had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Franco Bechtholdt has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Franco Bechtholdt has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 26 fouls this season. He has drawn 13 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Adrián Guillermo Sánchez MF

Adrián Guillermo Sánchez has 30.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Adrián Guillermo Sánchez has 10.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Adrián Guillermo Sánchez had 16 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Adrián Guillermo Sánchez has 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Adrián Guillermo Sánchez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Adrián Guillermo Sánchez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 9 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Yerko Leiva MF

As a shooter, Yerko Leiva had 27.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Yerko Leiva has 4.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Yerko Leiva had 14 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Yerko Leiva has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Yerko Leiva has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Yerko Leiva has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 22 fouls this season. He has drawn 15 fouls this season in Chilean Primera División action.

Unión Española Team Stats

The Unión Española Offensive Stats and Metrics

Unión Española scored 1.37 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an extremely potent offense that is tough to shut down. Unión Española scored those goals off assists 85.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 1.17 assists. This offense finds ways to score by sharing the ball and that is quite nice to watch.

Unión Española converted on 0.28 of attempted shots on goal. The quality of the shots on goal and the accuracy of these shots are inconsistent.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Unión Española attempts 4.96 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. This offense is a persistent threat to score with shots on goal. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Unión Española attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 33.5% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. Inconsistency in ensuring that their shot attempts become a true scoring threat has creeped in this season.

Unión Española Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Unión Española was able to hold opponents to 1.46 goals. Unión Española plays below-average defense and puts a lot of pressure on their offense to score to make up for it. Unión Española goalkeepers fended off 5.0 shots per 90 minutes. This defense plays with fire far too often due to their inability to prevent shots on goal.

Unión Española goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 70.8% of the time. This defense and goalkeeper effort can be better when it comes to their ability to prevent shots on target from becoming goals. Unión Española goalkeepers were able to get a clean sheet 8.3% of the time. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.







Unión Española Utility Stats

Unión Española tried 21.33 crosses per 90 minutes of action. This puts Unión Española in the top 14 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Unión Española had 13.04 interceptions. This puts Unión Española in the top 28 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Unión Española has committed 10.67 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Unión Española in the top 20 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Unión Española drew 11.88 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Unión Española in the top 50 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Unión Española had opportunities spoiled by offside calls 1.33 times per 90 minutes of action. This puts Unión Española in the top 26 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

Curico Unido Team Stats

The Curico Unido Offensive Stats and Metrics

Curico Unido scored 0.96 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Curico Unido scored those goals off assists 82.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 0.79 assists. This offense does not always score off an assist, but they sometimes have more heroic moments.

Curico Unido converted on 0.20 of attempted shots on goal. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Curico Unido attempts 4.87 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. This offense is a persistent threat to score with shots on goal. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Curico Unido attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 31.6% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. Inconsistency in ensuring that their shot attempts become a true scoring threat has creeped in this season.

Curico Unido Defensive Stats and Metrics

Curico Unido gave up 1.17 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. There is nothing remarkable about their defensive effort. This is a generally average defense. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 3.75 shots were saved by Curico Unido goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. There is room for improvement when it comes to preventing shots on target.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 67.8% of shots on target were saved by Curico Unido goalkeepers. This defense and goalkeeper effort can be better when it comes to their ability to prevent shots on target from becoming goals. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 25.0% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Curico Unido. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.

Curico Unido Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Curico Unido had 20.17 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Curico Unido is in the top 21 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Curico Unido had 13.38 interceptions. This puts Curico Unido in the top 24 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Curico Unido has committed 12.79 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Curico Unido is in the top 54 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Curico Unido drew 9.21 fouls. This puts Curico Unido in the top 91 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Curico Unido had opportunities spoiled by offside calls 1.96 times per 90 minutes of action. Curico Unido is in the top 71 percentile in offside calls against them.

Unión Española vs. Curico Unido Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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