Nice vs Lorient Prediction, 12/23/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nice vs Lorient
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Stade de Nice in Nice, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Nice (-116) Lorient (+342)
Rony Lopes and Nice (6-3-6, 13th in Ligue 1) play Lorient (3-2-11, 19th in Ligue 1) at Stade de Nice on Wednesday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Walter Benitez for Nice and Paul Nardi for Lorient. Nice are at -116 while Lorient are at +342. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Nice faced Lyon in their most recent match and took a loss by a final of 4-1. Nice attempted 23 dribbles in this match and were successful in 7 of the dribbles for a rate of 30.4%. When discussing the passing game, they finished this match with a 91.6% received passes percentage by converting 564 out of their 616 targeted passes last match. Regarding shot accuracy, Nice finished the game at a 12.5% rate by hitting 1 shot on target out of 8 shots. Nice is averaging 1.27 goals per 90 min (19 total goals) and have earned 11 assists In all contests for this campaign.
Rony Lopes is a player who can be a difference maker for Nice. Lopes has had a starting assignment in 114 matches so far in his career and tallies 0.26 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Brazil has totaled 27 goals in 9,348 mins played. He has 17 assists while accumulating 11 yellow cards in his career. Someone else who should impact this match is Alexis Claude-Maurice, the midfielder who is from France. Claude-Maurice has been on the field for 5,902 minutes in 65 starting assignments and has earned himself a total of 6 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 6 times so far in his career while he has scored 20 goals. He is currently averaging 0.30 G/90 thus far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Nice will be Walter Benitez. Benitez (55-42-49 mark in his career) has tallied 46 shutouts, which leaves him with a 31.5% shutout rate. The keeper hailing from Argentina has had 543 shots tried at him in 146 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.26 (159 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is .737. Benitez has played for 13,175 mins and has 403 stops thus far in his career.
In their last game, Lorient went home defeated by a final of 3-0 against Rennes. Lorient had a 33.3% successful dribble rate by completing 2 out of the 6 dribbles they pursued. They finished the contest by completing 385 of the 457 pass attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. Lorient converted 2 shots tried out of their 11 shots tried which gave them a 18.2% rate in their last match. With 14 goals and 7 assists in all matches, Lorient is averaging 0.87 goals and 0.44 assists per 90 minutes.
Adrian Grbic should provide a lift for Lorient. The forward from Austria has been on the pitch for 5,297 professional minutes and has scored 30 goals. He has tallied 9 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 4 times. He is averaging 0.51 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 53 outings so far in his career. You should also keep an eye on Yoane Wissa, the forward born in France. He has 40 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 13 different times. Wissa has been handed 21 yellow card cautions in 9,166 professional minutes played (107 starting assignments). His G/90 average during his pro soccer career is 0.39.
Paul Nardi will be looking after the net for Lorient. In his career, Nardi has surrendered 216 goals and has accounted for 421 saves in 174 starts. He has allowed 1.24 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 72-45-57. He sports a save % of .740 and his clean sheet rate is 24.1%. Nardi has totaled 42 shutouts and defended 570 shots against him in 15,641 career mins.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nice (-116)
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