Metz vs Saint-Etienne Prediction, 10/25/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Saint-Etienne
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+195) Saint-Etienne (+165)
Denis Bouanga and Saint-Etienne (3-1-3, 10th in Ligue 1) head to Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday where they'll meet Metz (2-2-3, 14th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Jessy Moulin for Saint-Etienne. The moneyline on this contest has Metz coming in at +195 and Saint-Étienne are at +165. The over/under is set at 2.25.
Metz controls possession for 47.3% of the time while they dribble successfully 71.1% of the time (1st in Ligue 1). They have attempted 76 shots at the goal with 22 of them being on target, which comes out to a 28.9% SOT percentage. Metz as a team have totaled 7 goals this year, which is currently 17th in the league. They have received 2,555 passes on 3,006 attempts this season, earning them a receiving percentage of 85.0%.
Thierry Ambrose is a guy who should impact this matchup for Metz. Ambrose has been a starter in 58 matchups during his career while he scores 0.25 goals per 90. The forward born in France has racked up 14 goals in 5,049 mins played. He has 10 assists while tallying 7 yellow card cautions in his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Opa Nguette, the forward from France. Nguette has totaled 11,422 minutes during 136 career starts and has been given a total of 16 yellow card warnings. He has assisted on a goal 8 times in his career and he has scored 23 total goals. He is currently averaging 0.18 goals per 90 mins during his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Metz will be Alexandre Oukidja. Oukidja has played for 11,110 mins and has earned 253 stops so far in his pro soccer career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.09 (134 goals allowed) and his save percentage is .724. The goalie from France has had 355 shots attempted at him in 124 career starts. Oukidja (55-35-34 record during his career) has earned 41 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 33.1% clean sheet rate.
The Saints have had success dribbling 56.6% of the time on the year while collecting 9 goals. They have a receiving percentage of 85.4% and they have controlled possession of the ball 44.7% of the time. Saint-Etienne has totaled 2,714 pass targets on the campaign (16th in Ligue 1) and they have 2,318 completed passes. They have connected on 41.7% of their shots on 60 shots.
Denis Bouanga will need to provide a lift for Saint-Etienne. The forward representing France has accumulated 10,791 mins while scoring 46 goals. He has accumulated 16 yellow card warnings in his career and has helped on a goal 15 times. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 121 games so far in his pro soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Romain Hamouma, the forward who is from France. Hamouma has been given 51 yellow card cautions in 22,648 mins (257 career starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.26. He has tallied 66 goals in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 46 different times.
Jessy Moulin will look after the net for the Saints. During his career, Moulin has conceded 32 goals while he has 100 stops in 25 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.25 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 9-6-11. He holds a save % of .781 and his clean sheet rate sits at 32.0%. Moulin has totaled 8 clean sheets while seeing 128 shots attempted against him in 2,307 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Metz (+195)
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