Marseille vs Montpellier Prediction, 1/6/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marseille vs Montpellier
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Orange Vélodrome in Marseille, France
TV: ESPN Play Norte
Odds/Point Spread: Marseille (-105) Montpellier (+295)
Gaetan Laborde and Montpellier (8-3-6, 8th in Ligue 1) go to Orange Vélodrome on Wednesday where they'll take on Marseille (8-4-3, 5th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers who are expected to start will be Steve Mandanda for Marseille and Jonas Omlin for Montpellier. The moneyline on this game has Marseille coming in at -105 and the Paillade are at +295. The total is set at 2.5.
Marseille faced off with Angers in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. Marseille attempted 15 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 9 of the tries for a percentage of 60.0%. In regard to passing, they earned a 82.9% passes received percentage by connecting on 530 out of their 639 pass targets in their last outing. In terms of shooting accuracy, Marseille walked away from the pitch at a 28.6% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 7 total shots. Marseille averages 1.40 g/90 (21 total goals) and are sitting with 20 assists in all games for the season.
Florian Thauvin is a player who should impact this matchup for Marseille. Thauvin has had a starting assignment in 214 games during his pro soccer career and scores 0.41 goals per 90 minutes. The forward from France has accumulated 84 goals in 18,407 professional minutes played. He has totaled 42 assists while tallying 27 yellow card warnings during his career. One more player who could decide who wins is Valere Germain, the forward born in France. Germain has totaled 18,435 mins during 205 starting assignments and has earned himself 16 yellow card warnings. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 31 times in his career and he has scored 76 goals. He sports an average of 0.37 goals per 90 during his soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Marseille will be Steve Mandanda. Mandanda has defended the goal for 39,828 minutes and has tallied 1,141 saves thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.10 (486 goals surrendered) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .707. The goalkeeper hailing from Congo has seen 1,606 shots tried at him in 447 starts. Mandanda (215-123-106 record during his career) has earned 144 shutouts, which leaves him with a 32.2% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Montpellier took a loss by a final score of 3-2 against Lille. They finished this game by connecting on 360 out of their 436 passes they tried for a rate of 82.6%. Montpellier finished with a 42.9% successful dribble percentage by converting 6 out of the 14 dribbles they attempted. Montpellier had 6 shots attempted out of the team's 17 shots attempted giving them a 35.3% clip in their last game. With 29 goals and 22 assists In all their contests, Montpellier has an average of 1.71 goals and 1.29 assists per 90.
Gaetan Laborde should be able to be counted on for Montpellier. He is averaging 0.30 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 142 matches thus far in his career. The forward who is from France has been on the field for 12,682 professional minutes while he has scored 42 goals. He has earned 15 yellow cards during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 23 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Andy Delort, the forward representing France. He has scored 87 goals during his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 40 different times. Delort has earned himself a total of 43 yellow card cautions in 20,645 professional minutes played (224 career starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.38.
Jonas Omlin will reside in front of the goal for Montpellier. Omlin has earned 30 clean sheets and has defended 408 shots tried against him in 11,189 career minutes. He holds a save % of .703 and his clean sheet rate sits at 24.0%. He has given up 1.10 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 59-28-38. During his pro soccer career, Omlin has given up 137 goals and has tallied 283 stops in 125 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Montpellier (+295)
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