Lens vs Montpellier Prediction, 12/12/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lens vs Montpellier
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France
TV: Viaplay Denmark
Odds/Point Spread: Lens (+155) Montpellier (+200)
Gaetan Laborde and Montpellier (7-2-4, 6th in Ligue 1) go to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday where they'll meet Lens (6-3-3, 8th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Jean-Louis Leca for Lens and Jonas Omlin for Montpellier. The line on this matchup has Lens priced at +155 and the Paillade are at +200. The over/under opens at 2.5.
Lens played Rennes in their most recent game and went home with a win by a final score of 2-0. In the passing game, they finished with a 69.1% passes received percentage by connecting on 239 of the 346 targeted passes last match. Lens attempted 13 dribbles in this match and successfully completed 8 of those tries for a percentage of 61.5%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Lens walked away from the pitch at a 66.7% rate by landing 4 shots on target out of 6 total shots. Lens is averaging 1.50 goals per 90 min (18 total goals) and have tallied 11 assists In all contests for this campaign.
Gael Kakuta is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Lens. He has accounted for 29 assists while earning 15 yellow cards thus far in his career. Kakuta has been given a starting assignment in 176 games during his career and tallies 0.18 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing France has totaled 30 goals scored in 15,311 mins played. Someone else who should impact this match is Florian Sotoca, the forward hailing from France. Sotoca has been on the pitch for 6,245 minutes in 71 starting assignments and has been given a total of 9 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 13 times so far in his career while he has scored 23 total goals. He scores 0.33 G/90 during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Lens will be Jean-Louis Leca. Leca (79-44-62 mark in his professional soccer career) has accumulated 70 shutouts, which gives him a 37.4% shutout rate. The keeper hailing from France has faced 568 shots attempted against him in 187 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.04 (193 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .725. Leca has seen the field for 16,630 mins and has accumulated 408 saves during his soccer career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Montpellier took a loss by a final score of 3-1 against PSG. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 310 of the 380 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 81.6%. Montpellier finished with a 56.0% successful dribble rate by completing 14 of the 25 dribbles they pursued. Montpellier landed 2 SoT out of their 17 shots tried which had them at a 11.8% rate in their last outing. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, Montpellier averages 1.69 goals and 1.31 assists per 90 min.
Gaetan Laborde should provide a spark for Montpellier. The forward who is from France has earned 12,327 mins while he has scored 39 goals. He has 14 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times. He is averaging 0.28 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 138 outings in his career. Make sure to watch out for Teji Savanier, the forward representing France. He has accounted for 37 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 58 times. Savanier has been handed 74 yellow cards in 19,676 minutes played (226 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his career is 0.17.
Jonas Omlin will look after the net for Montpellier. Omlin has tallied 30 shutouts while defending 388 shots attempted against him in 10,829 minutes in his career. He holds a save % of .704 and his shutout rate is currently 24.8%. He has given up 1.06 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 58-27-36. In his pro soccer career, Omlin has given up 128 goals and has earned 268 stops in 121 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Lens (+155)
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