Lyon vs Lens Prediction, 1/6/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lyon vs Lens
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Groupama Stadium in Décines-Charpieu, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Lyon (-175) Lens (+475)
Memphis Depay and Lyon (10-6-1, 1st in Ligue 1) host Lens (8-3-5, 7th in Ligue 1) at Groupama Stadium on Wednesday. The expected starting goalkeepers will be Anthony Lopes for Lyon and Jean-Louis Leca for Lens. The line on this contest has Lyon coming in at -175 and Lens are priced at +475. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Lyon took the field against Nantes in their last matchup and earned the victory with a final of 3-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended with a 93.0% passes received percentage by connecting on 634 out of their 682 passing attempts in their last outing. Lyon attempted 28 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 13 of those tries for a rate of 46.4%. Concerning shot accuracy, Lyon walked away from the pitch at a 50.0% clip by hitting 11 shots on target of 22 total shots. Lyon averages 1.88 goals per 90 (32 goals in total) and are sitting with 18 assists in all matches this season.
Memphis Depay is a guy who should be able to impact this game for Lyon. Depay has been in the starting lineup in 175 matchups thus far in his career while scoring 0.51 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing the Netherlands has 92 goals in 16,103 professional minutes. He has 47 assists while tallying 17 yellow cards during his soccer career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Karl Toko Ekambi, the forward hailing from France. Ekambi has 15,859 minutes in 179 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 15 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 22 times during his career while he has scored 76 goals. He currently averages 0.43 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Lyon will be Anthony Lopes. Lopes (136-58-64 mark during his soccer career) has 93 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 35.8% clean sheet rate. The keeper born in France has seen 987 shots sent in his direction in 260 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.07 (277 total goals surrendered) and he has earned a save percentage of .740. Lopes has defended the goal for a total of 23,341 mins and has accumulated 735 saves in his career.
For their last game, Lens took home the win by a final score of 2-1 against Brest. They wrapped up this match by connecting on 400 out of their 492 passes they tried for a rate of 81.3%. Lens earned a 56.3% successful dribble rate by completing 9 of the 16 dribbles they tried. Lens converted 3 shots tried out of 10 shots tried earning them a 30.0% rate in their last game. Having accumulated 24 goals and 15 assists in all their matches, Lens averages 1.50 goals and 0.94 assists per 90.
Gael Kakuta should provide solid play for Lens. He is currently averaging 0.19 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 179 contests during his soccer career. The forward hailing from France has played 15,548 mins and has scored 32 goals. He has accumulated 15 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped on a goal 29 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Florian Sotoca, the forward hailing from France. He has accounted for 24 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 14 different times. Sotoca has been handed 10 yellow card cautions in 6,515 minutes played (74 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his pro soccer career is 0.33.
Jean-Louis Leca is expected to look after the net for Lens. Leca has tallied 71 clean sheets while defending 583 shots tried against him in 16,984 mins throughout his career. He sports a save % of .724 and his clean sheet rate is 37.2%. He has allowed 1.05 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 81-44-64. So far in his pro soccer career, Leca has given up 198 goals and has tallied 418 saves in 191 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Lyon (-175)
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