Lens vs Marseille Prediction, 2/3/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lens vs Marseille
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Lens (+149) Marseille (+196)
Florian Thauvin and Marseille (9-5-6, 9th in Ligue 1) go to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Wednesday where they'll meet Lens (10-4-8, 7th in Ligue 1). The goalies protecting the net are Jean-Louis Leca for Lens and Steve Mandanda for Marseille. Lens are at +149 while the Olympians are at +196. The O/U has been set at 2.25.
Lens faced off with Montpellier in their last match and took home the win by a score of 2-1. When talking about passing the ball, they had a 80.2% received passes percentage by completing 287 out of their 358 passing attempts in their last game. Lens tried 12 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 8 of the tries for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning shot accuracy, Lens wrapped this game up at a 18.2% rate by putting 2 SoT of 11 total shots. Lens sports an average of 1.36 goals per 90 minutes (30 total goals) and have accounted for 20 assists in all matches for the year.
Gael Kakuta is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Lens. Kakuta has been a starter in 185 matchups so far in his career and tallies 0.19 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing France has racked up 34 goals scored in 16,019 minutes. He has totaled 30 assists while accumulating 15 yellow cards during his career. Someone else who should impact this game is Florian Sotoca, the forward representing France. He has assisted on a goal 14 times in his pro soccer career and he has scored 25 total goals. Sotoca has played 6,979 minutes during 80 career starting assignments and has been handed 11 yellow card cautions. He has an average of 0.32 G/90 for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Lens will be Jean-Louis Leca. Leca (83-45-67 record during his soccer career) has earned 72 shutouts, which gives him a 36.5% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from France has had 603 shots attempted at him in 197 career starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.05 (205 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of .725. Leca has seen the pitch for a total of 17,524 minutes and has tallied 434 stops during his pro soccer career.
When they last took the field, Marseille went home defeated by a final of 3-1 against Monaco. Marseille earned a 44.4% successful dribble percentage by completing 8 of the 18 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 313 out of their 421 passing attempts earning a percentage of 74.3%. Marseille had 1 SoT out of the team's 5 shots attempted which gave them a 20.0% rate in their last outing. With a total of 26 goals and 24 assists for all their matches, Marseille averages 1.30 goals and 1.20 assists per 90.
Florian Thauvin should provide solid play for Marseille. The forward born in France has totaled 18,765 professional minutes while scoring 84 goals. He has 27 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 43 times. He averages 0.40 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 219 games during his soccer career. You should also keep an eye on Valere Germain, the forward representing France. He has totaled 77 goals in his career while assisting on a goal 31 different times. Germain has been given 16 yellow cards in 18,616 mins (206 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.37.
Steve Mandanda will look after the goal for Marseille. Mandanda has tallied 145 shutouts while defending 1,622 shots against him in 40,188 minutes in his career. He sports a save percentage of .707 and his shutout rate is 32.2%. He has allowed 1.10 goals per 90 and he has a record of 216-124-108. So far in his pro soccer career, Mandanda has conceded 491 goals while totaling 1,152 saves in 451 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Marseille (+196)
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