Nantes vs Angers Prediction, 12/20/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nantes vs Angers
Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Location: Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Nantes (+137) Angers (+187)
Ismael Traore and Angers (7-2-6, 9th in Ligue 1) are headed to Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday where they'll take on Nantes (3-5-7, 16th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Alban Lafont for Nantes and Paul Bernardoni for Angers. The line on this matchup has Nantes coming in at +137 and the Black and Whites are at +187. The O/U has been set at 2.25.
Nantes took the field against Dijon in their last game and wrapped up with a draw by a score of 1-1. In regard to passing, they earned a 69.7% received passes rate by converting 258 of the 370 passing targets in their last game. Nantes attempted 10 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 7 of those tries for a percentage of 70.0%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Nantes finished the game at a 38.9% rate by landing 7 shots on target out of 18 total shots. Nantes is averaging 1.13 goals per 90 min (17 total goals) and have accounted for 10 assists in all competitions for the year.
Renaud Emond is a player who should impact this matchup for Nantes. He has totaled 8 assists while tallying 14 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Emond has started 117 outings thus far in his career and he tallies 0.45 goals per 90. The forward who is from Belgium has accumulated 54 goals in 10,682 minutes played. Another guy who should impact this match is Ludovic Blas, the midfielder born in France. He has assisted on a goal 12 times thus far in his career and he has scored 16 goals. Blas has 9,379 mins in 100 career starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 17 yellow card cautions. He averages 0.15 goals per 90 minutes thus far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Nantes will be Alban Lafont. Lafont (49-53-72 record in his career) has 50 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 28.7% clean sheet percentage. The goalie born in Burkina Faso has had 672 shots tried against him in 174 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.25 (217 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of .720. Lafont has played for 15,599 mins and is sitting with 480 stops during his career.
In their last game, Angers went home with a draw by a final score of 0-0 against Saint-Etienne. Angers finished with a 76.9% successful dribble rate by completing 10 out of the 13 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by connecting on 326 out of their 415 passes they tried for a rate of 78.6%. Angers converted 2 shots attempted out of their 8 shots attempted giving them a 25.0% clip in their last outing. With 20 goals and 14 assists In all their contests, Angers averages 1.33 goals and 0.93 assists per 90 min.
Ismael Traore should provide solid play for Angers. The defender from France has accumulated 30,626 mins while scoring 13 goals. He has earned 28 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. He is averaging 0.04 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 347 contests during his pro soccer career. You should also watch out for Stephane Bahoken, the forward born in France. He has accumulated 36 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 7 times. Bahoken has been given a total of 21 yellow card warnings in 7,829 minutes played (91 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.41.
Paul Bernardoni will be looking after the goal for Angers. Bernardoni has racked up 38 clean sheets while seeing 615 shots attempted against him in 12,374 career minutes. He has a save percentage of .699 and his shutout rate is 27.5%. He has allowed 1.45 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a mark of 49-34-55. In his career, Bernardoni has conceded 200 goals and has tallied 424 saves in 138 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Angers (+187)
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