Nice vs Lille Prediction, 10/25/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nice vs Lille
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Location: Stade de Nice in Nice, France
TV: ESPN2 Caribbean
Odds/Point Spread: Nice (+165) Lille (+185)
Stade de Nice is the venue where Pierre Lees-Melou and Nice (4-1-2, 4th in Ligue 1) will take on Lille (5-2-0, 1st in Ligue 1) on Sunday. The starting goalies are Walter Benitez for Nice and Mike Maignan for Lille. Lille OSC are at at +185 while Nice are priced at +165. The O/U has been set at 2.25.
Nice has been able to maintain possession for 58.3% of the time while they have success at dribbling 57.9% of the time (11th in Ligue 1). They have attempted 72 shots at their opponents goal with 25 being on target, which calculates to a 34.7% SOT percentage. Nice have earned 10 goals on the year, which is 9th in the league. They have received 3,658 passes from teammates on 4,068 tries this season, which makes their receiving percentage 89.9%.
Pierre Lees-Melou is a player who should be able to impact this game for Nice. He has totaled 17 assists while earning 21 yellow card warnings during his career. Lees-Melou has been a starter in 129 contests in his pro soccer career and scores 0.18 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder hailing from France has earned 22 goals in 11,286 mins played. Another player who could decide the outcome is Amine Gouiri, the forward representing France. He has helped a teammate on a goal 2 times during his soccer career while he has scored 3 total goals. Gouiri has been on the field for 644 minutes in 6 career starts and has been handed 1 yellow card caution. He is currently averaging 0.42 G/90 in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Nice is Walter Benitez. Benitez (53-40-45 record during his career) has totaled 43 shutouts, which gives him a 31.2% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper from Argentina has had 506 shots sent his way in 138 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.25 (148 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is .737. Benitez has played for a total of 12,455 minutes and has 378 stops so far in his pro soccer career.
Lille has 3,527 targets so far this season (7th in the league) and they have 3,106 successful received passes. They have a receiving percentage of 88.1% while controlling possession of the ball 53.1% of the time. The Dogues have dribbled successfully 55.2% of the time this season while tallying 12 goals. They have connected on 37.6% of their shots out of 85 shots.
Luiz Araujo will need to provide a spark for Lille. The forward who is from Brazil has been on the pitch for 4,987 minutes while he has scored 16 goals. He has totaled 13 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 8 times. He is currently averaging 0.29 goals per 90 minutes and has started 50 contests in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Jonathan Bamba, the forward from France. Bamba has earned himself a total of 9 yellow card warnings in 11,086 professional minutes (124 career starts). His goals per 90 average during his soccer career is 0.24. He has earned 30 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 22 different times.
Mike Maignan will reside in front of the goal for the Dogues. Maignan has 41 shutouts while he has defended 415 shots tried against him in 10,458 minutes throughout his career. He holds a save percentage of .728 and his shutout rate sits at 35.3%. He has given up 1.08 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 56-22-38. So far in his career, Maignan has allowed 126 goals while he has racked up 308 saves in 116 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Lille (+185)
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