Lens vs Metz Prediction, 3/14/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lens vs Metz
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France
TV: Viaplay Denmark
Odds/Point Spread: Lens (-102) Metz (+317)
Arnaud Kalimuendo and Lens (12-8-8, 5th in Ligue 1) host Metz (11-8-9, 6th in Ligue 1) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday. The goalies protecting the net are Jean-Louis Leca for Lens and Marc-Aurele Caillard for Metz. Lens are at -102 while Metz are at +317. The total is set at 2.25.
Lens played Saint-Etienne in their most recent match and earned the victory with a final of 3-2. In the passing game, they finished this match with a 75.2% passes received percentage by converting 231 of the 307 pass targets in their last outing. Lens tried 14 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 6 of those attempts for a rate of 42.9%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Lens finished at a 50.0% rate by hitting 4 shots on target of 8 total shots. Lens is averaging 1.43 goals per 90 (40 goals in total) and have racked up 28 assists In all contests this season.
Arnaud Kalimuendo is a guy who should impact this matchup for Lens. Kalimuendo has had a starting assignment in 10 games during his pro soccer career and has 0.58 goals per 90 mins. The forward from France has tallied 6 goals in 927 mins. He has accounted for 1 assists while earning 0 yellow cards during his career. One more guy who should impact this match is Florian Sotoca, the forward hailing from France. He has helped on a goal 14 times in his career while he has scored 28 goals. Sotoca has played 7,519 mins in 86 starts and has been handed 12 yellow cards. He is currently averaging 0.34 goals per 90 minutes so far in his career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Lens is Jean-Louis Leca. Leca has seen the pitch for 18,064 minutes and has earned 446 stops during his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.06 (213 goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of 72.3%. The goalie from France has seen 621 shots attempted at him in 203 starts. Leca (85-49-67 record in his career) has accumulated 73 shutouts, which gives him a 36.0% clean sheet percentage.
When they last took the field, Metz walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against Angers. Metz had a 46.2% successful dribble percentage by completing 6 out of the 13 dribbles they pursued. They finished the match by completing 531 out of their 597 passes they attempted earning a rate of 88.9%. Metz connected on 1 shot on target out of their 15 shots attempted which had them at a 6.7% rate in their last outing. With a total of 32 goals and 23 assists in all competitions, Metz has an average of 1.14 goals and 0.82 assists per 90.
Aaron Leya Iseka should provide a lift for Metz. He is averaging 0.30 G/90 and has had a starting assignment in 48 contests during his pro soccer career. The forward who is from Belgium has totaled 4,853 minutes and he has scored 16 goals. He has accounted for 8 yellow card cautions so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 2 times. Make sure to watch out for John Boye, the defender hailing from Ghana. He has 13 goals during his career while helping a teammate on a goal 5 different times. Boye has been handed a total of 46 yellow cards in 17,319 minutes played (193 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his soccer career is 0.07.
Marc-Aurele Caillard will look after the net for Metz. Caillard has racked up 18 shutouts while seeing 264 shots tried against him in 6,120 mins in his career. He has earned a save percentage of 65.9% and his shutout rate is currently at 26.9%. He has conceded 1.40 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 17-23-28. So far in his pro soccer career, Caillard has surrendered 95 goals and has tallied 173 stops in 67 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Metz (+317)
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