Lens vs Nimes Prediction, 4/25/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lens vs Nimes
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Lens (-164) Nimes (+400)
Renaud Ripart and Nimes (8-7-18, 18th in Ligue 1) go to Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Sunday where they'll meet Lens (14-11-8, 5th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Jean-Louis Leca for Lens and Baptiste Reynet for Nimes. The moneyline on this contest has Lens priced at -164 and Nîmes are at +400. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Lens stepped onto the pitch against Brest in their last match and earned a one point draw by a score of 1-1. Lens attempted 11 dribbles in this matchup and successfully completed 7 of those attempts for a percentage of 63.6%. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 85.6% rate by connecting on 374 of the 437 passing attempts in their last match. In relation to shooting accuracy, Lens finished the game at a 25.0% rate by putting 2 shots on target of 8 total shots. Lens is averaging 1.52 goals per 90 min (50 total goals) and have accumulated 32 assists in all contests for this campaign.
Florian Sotoca is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Lens. He has accounted for 14 assists while accumulating 13 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Sotoca has been in the starting lineup in 88 matches so far in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.33 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing France has totaled 28 goals in 7,682 minutes. One more player who should impact this match is Gael Kakuta, the forward born in France. Kakuta has been on the field for 16,700 mins in 193 starting assignments and has been given a total of 15 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 31 times during his pro soccer career while he has scored 36 total goals. He is averaging 0.19 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Lens is Jean-Louis Leca. Leca has been on the field for a total of 18,514 minutes and has accumulated 464 saves in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.06 (219 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 72.6%. The goalkeeper born in France has faced 645 shots attempted against him in 208 career starting assignments. Leca (87-52-67 record in his career) has accumulated 73 clean sheets, which gives him a 35.1% clean sheet rate.
For their last game, Nimes finished locked up with a final of 1-1 against Strasbourg. They finished this game by converting 426 out of their 517 attempted passes for a percentage of 82.4%. Nimes ended the game with a 66.7% successful dribble rate by completing 12 out of the 18 dribbles they pursued. Nimes had 1 shot on target out of the team's 5 shots tried giving them a 20.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having earned a total of 32 goals and 21 assists in all their contests, Nimes averages 0.97 goals and 0.64 assists per 90.
Renaud Ripart will be counted on for Nimes. He currently averages 0.25 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 176 matches during his career. The forward born in France has 15,684 professional minutes while scoring 44 goals. He has earned 12 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 18 times. Be sure to watch out for Moussa Kone, the forward representing Senegal. Kone has earned himself a total of 14 yellow card warnings in 6,417 mins (71 starts). His goals per 90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.45. He has earned 32 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 9 times.
Baptiste Reynet will look after the net for Nimes. In his career, Reynet has conceded 468 goals and has accumulated 991 saves in 317 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.47 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a mark of 98-87-130. He holds a save % of 69.6% and his clean sheet rate is 24.6%. Reynet has 78 shutouts and defended 1,431 shots attempted against him in 28,562 career mins.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Lens (-164)
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