Lille vs Lens Prediction, 10/18/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lille vs Lens
Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Location: Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
TV: beIN SPORTS
Odds/Point Spread: Lille (-139) Lens (+350)
Stade Pierre-Mauroy is the venue where Jonathan Bamba and Lille (4-2-0, 2nd in Ligue 1) will play Lens (4-1-1, 3rd in Ligue 1) on Sunday. The starting goaltenders will be Mike Maignan for Lille and Jean-Louis Leca for Lens. The odds on this matchup have Lille priced at -139 and Lens are priced at +350. The O/U is set at 2.25.
Lille has controlled possession of the ball for 52.5% of matches while they dribble successfully 53.8% of the time (19th in Ligue 1). They have attempted 68 shots at their opponents goal with 26 on target, which comes out to a 38.2% SOT percentage. Lille have collected 8 goals for the season, which ranks 8th in the league. They have been on the receiving end of 2,631 passes on 2,990 tries on the campaign, which makes their receiving percentage 88.0%.
Jonathan Bamba is a guy who should impact this matchup for Lille. Bamba has started 123 games thus far in his career and he tallies 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in France has racked up 29 goals scored in 10,996 minutes played. He has accounted for 20 assists while tallying 9 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Luiz Araujo, the forward from Brazil. Araujo has accumulated 4,912 minutes in 49 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 13 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 8 times so far in his career while scoring 16 goals. He currently averages 0.29 goals per 90 mins in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Lille is Mike Maignan. Maignan (55-22-38 mark in his career) has recorded 40 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 34.8% shutout percentage. The goalie from French Guiana has faced 413 shots sent in his direction in 115 starts. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.09 (126 total goals surrendered) and he has a save % of .726. Maignan has seen the field for a total of 10,368 mins and has tallied 306 stops in his career.
The Blood and Gold have successfully dribbled 67.8% of the time on the campaign while accumulating 10 goals. They have earned a receiving percentage of 85.9% and they control possession of the ball 49% of the time. Lens has accumulated 2,597 targets on the season (12th in Ligue 1) to go along with 2,231 completed passes. They have connected on 32.1% of their SOT on 78 total shots.
Gael Kakuta will need to be on top of his game for Lens. The forward who is from France has been on the field for 14,925 minutes while he has scored 29 goals. He has accumulated 14 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 27 times. He is averaging 0.17 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 171 outings so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Florian Sotoca, the forward born in France. Sotoca has earned himself 8 yellow card warnings in 5,783 professional minutes played (66 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.33. He has accounted for 21 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 13 times.
Jean-Louis Leca will look after the net for the Blood and Gold. In his pro soccer career, Leca has given up 181 goals while he has earned 390 saves in 181 starts. He has surrendered 1.00 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 77-42-60. He sports a save percentage of .731 and his shutout rate is 37.6%. Leca has totaled 68 shutouts while he has seen 540 shots attempted against him in 16,090 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Lens (+350)
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