Marseille vs Nimes Prediction, 1/16/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marseille vs Nimes
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: Orange Vélodrome in Marseille, France
TV: beIN Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Marseille (-303) Nimes (+650)
Renaud Ripart and Nimes (3-3-13, 20th in Ligue 1) go to Orange Vélodrome on Saturday where they'll meet Marseille (9-5-3, 6th in Ligue 1). The men protecting the net are Steve Mandanda for Marseille and Baptiste Reynet for Nimes. The odds on this contest have Marseille coming in at -303 and Nîmes are at +650. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Marseille faced off with Dijon in their last matchup and walked away with a draw with a final of 0-0. Marseille tried 13 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 5 of those attempts for a rate of 38.5%. When discussing the passing game, they ended with a 81.2% rate by converting 483 out of their 595 targeted passes in their last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, Marseille finished at a 36.4% clip by putting 4 shots on target of 11 total shots. Marseille is averaging 1.41 goals per 90 min (24 total goals) and have earned 23 assists in all competitions for the season.
Valere Germain is a player who can be a difference maker for Marseille. He has totaled 31 assists while tallying 16 yellow cards in his career. Germain has been a starter in 205 matchups so far in his career and he tallies 0.38 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from France has earned 77 goals scored in 18,477 mins played. One more guy who could decide who wins is Florian Thauvin, the forward representing France. He has assisted on a goal 43 times so far in his career while he has scored 84 total goals. Thauvin has totaled 18,572 minutes in 216 career starts and has been handed a total of 27 yellow card cautions. He is currently averaging 0.41 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Marseille is Steve Mandanda. Mandanda (216-124-106 record in his career) has totaled 145 clean sheets, which has earned him a 32.3% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from Congo has had 1,612 shots attempted at him in 449 career starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.10 (487 total goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .708. Mandanda has been on the field for 40,008 mins and has earned 1,146 saves so far in his pro soccer career.
When they last stepped on the pitch, Nimes walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 1-0 against Lille. Nimes had a 66.7% successful dribble percentage by converting 12 out of the 18 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by completing 425 out of their 511 passes they tried for a rate of 83.2%. Nimes had 0 shots on target out of their 7 shots attempted giving them a 0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having a total of 14 goals and 9 assists in all competitions, Nimes averages 0.74 goals and 0.47 assists per 90 minutes.
Renaud Ripart will need to provide a spark for Nimes. He has an average of 0.24 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 162 contests in his career. The forward who is from France has played 14,487 minutes while earning 38 goals. He has totaled 11 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 18 times. You should also watch out for Moussa Kone, the forward representing Senegal. Kone has been handed 14 yellow cards in 5,500 minutes played (59 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.46. He has scored 28 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 9 different times.
Baptiste Reynet will be looking after the goal for Nimes. In his pro soccer career, Reynet has allowed 448 goals and has totaled 952 saves in 303 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.48 goals per 90 and he has a record of 93-83-125. He is the owner of a save percentage of .698 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 24.8%. Reynet has tallied 75 shutouts while defending 1,372 shots against him in 27,302 career mins.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nimes (+650)
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