Reims vs Nantes Prediction, 12/16/2020 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Reims vs Nantes
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Reims (+146) Nantes (+224)
Mathieu Cafaro and Reims (2-4-8, 19th in Ligue 1) host Nantes (3-5-6, 14th in Ligue 1) at Stade Auguste-Delaune on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders are Predrag Rajkovic for Reims and Alban Lafont for Nantes. The moneyline on this contest has Reims coming in at +146 and Nantes are priced at +224. The total opens at 2.
Reims took the field against Brest in their last game and took a loss by a score of 2-1. Reims attempted 15 dribbles in this game and were successful in 9 of those tries for a percentage of 60.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 85.1% received passes percentage by connecting on 410 out of their 482 pass targets in their last outing. In relation to shooting accuracy, Reims ended this match at a 40.0% rate by hitting 4 shots on target of 10 total shots. Reims has an average of 1.07 goals per 90 minutes (15 goals in total) and have 8 assists in all matches this season.
Mathieu Cafaro is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Reims. Cafaro has been a starter in 47 matches so far in his career and has 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward who is from France has recorded 9 goals in 3,866 professional minutes played. He has accounted for 6 assists while accumulating 10 yellow cards during his pro soccer career. Another guy who should impact this match is Boulaye Dia, the forward hailing from France. He has assisted on a goal 1 time during his career while scoring 18 total goals. Dia has totaled 3,473 mins in 40 career starts and has been given 3 yellow cards. He sports an average of 0.47 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Reims will be Predrag Rajkovic. Rajkovic has defended the goal for a total of 7,020 minutes and has 184 saves thus far in his career. His GA/90 is 0.87 (68 goals given up) and his save percentage is .740. The goalie born in Serbia has had 250 shots tried against him in 79 starts. Rajkovic (36-23-19 record in his career) has recorded 34 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 43.0% clean sheet percentage.
When they last took the field, Nantes were able to avoid a loss with a score of 1-1 against Dijon. Nantes earned a 70.0% successful dribble percentage by completing 7 of the 10 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 258 of the 370 attempted passes for a rate of 69.7%. Nantes converted 5 shots attempted out of 16 shots attempted which gave them a 31.3% clip in their last game. Having accumulated 15 goals and 9 assists in all their matches, Nantes is averaging 1.07 goals and 0.64 assists per 90 min.
Ludovic Blas will be counted on for Nantes. The midfielder from France has been on the pitch for 9,300 mins while scoring 15 goals. He has accumulated 17 yellow card cautions in his career and has assisted on a goal 12 times. He scores 0.15 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 99 outings during his soccer career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Renaud Emond, the forward representing Belgium. He has totaled 54 goals thus far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 8 different times. Emond has earned himself a total of 14 yellow cards in 10,671 minutes played (117 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.46.
Alban Lafont is expected to look after the net for Nantes. Lafont has racked up 50 clean sheets while he has seen 669 shots tried against him in 15,509 minutes throughout his career. He sports a save percentage of .722 and his shutout rate sits at 28.9%. He has given up 1.24 goals per 90 and he has earned a mark of 49-53-71. During his pro soccer career, Lafont has allowed 214 goals and has accounted for 479 saves in 173 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Reims (+146)
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