Lyon vs Nice Prediction, 5/23/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lyon vs Nice
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Groupama Stadium in Décines-Charpieu, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Lyon (-263) Nice (+500)
Karl Toko Ekambi and Lyon (22-10-5, 4th in Ligue 1) host Nice (14-7-16, 9th in Ligue 1) at Groupama Stadium on Sunday. The goalies who are expected to start are Anthony Lopes for Lyon and Walter Benitez for Nice. Nice are at at +500 while the Kids are at -263. The total is set at 2.5.
Lyon took the field against Nimes in their last matchup and walked away with a win by a score of 5-2. When discussing the passing game, they earned a 90.8% received passes rate by converting 511 of the 563 pass attempts in their last game. Lyon attempted 17 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 10 of those tries for a rate of 58.8%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Lyon ended this match at a 61.9% rate by putting 13 shots on target of 21 shots. Lyon averages 2.00 goals per 90 minutes (74 total goals) and have accounted for 44 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Karl Toko Ekambi is a guy who should impact this matchup for Lyon. He has 24 assists while accumulating 15 yellow card cautions in his career. Ekambi has started 198 matchups in his pro soccer career and he scores 0.41 goals per 90 minutes. The forward born in France has recorded 79 goals in 17,409 mins. Someone else who should impact this match is Memphis Depay, the forward representing the Netherlands. Depay has been on the field for 17,731 mins in 194 starting assignments and has earned himself 20 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 53 times in his career while he has scored 104 total goals. He scores 0.53 goals per 90 minutes during his pro soccer career.
The guy who is expected to defend the goal for Lyon will be Anthony Lopes. Lopes (148-62-68 mark during his career) has 98 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 35.0% shutout percentage. The keeper hailing from France has seen 1,058 shots tried at him in 280 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.08 (303 goals allowed) and he holds a save % of 73.4%. Lopes has seen the pitch for 25,141 mins and has accumulated 782 saves thus far in his career.
The last time they took the pitch, Nice went home defeated by a final of 2-0 against Strasbourg. Nice finished the match with a 52.9% successful dribble rate by completing 9 out of the 17 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 646 of the 728 passing attempts for a percentage of 88.7%. Nice converted 3 shots on target out of their 7 shots attempted which gave them a 42.9% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having a total of 46 goals and 25 assists in all competitions, Nice is averaging 1.24 goals and 0.68 assists per 90.
Kasper Dolberg should provide a spark for Nice. He sports an average of 0.51 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 96 matches thus far in his career. The forward from Denmark has earned 8,674 mins while scoring 49 goals. He has accumulated 6 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 13 times. Make sure to watch out for Amine Gouiri, the forward who is from France. Gouiri has been handed a total of 5 yellow card cautions in 2,741 minutes played (30 starts). His goals per 90 minute average thus far in his career is 0.39. He has earned 12 goals so far in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 6 times.
Walter Benitez will look after the net for Nice. Benitez has tallied 50 shutouts and defended 637 shots against him in 15,155 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of 73.2% and his shutout rate is currently 29.8%. He has allowed 1.28 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a mark of 63-46-59. In his pro soccer career, Benitez has conceded 190 goals while totaling 469 saves in 168 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Nice (+500) and under the total goals
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