Metz vs Bordeaux Prediction, 1/6/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Bordeaux
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
TV: Viaplay Denmark
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+162) Bordeaux (+190)
Toma Basic and Bordeaux (6-4-7, 13th in Ligue 1) go to Stade Saint-Symphorien on Wednesday where they'll take on Metz (6-5-6, 10th in Ligue 1). The men protecting the net are Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Benoit Costil for Bordeaux. Metz are at +162 while Bordeaux FC are priced at +190. The total has been set at 2.5.
Metz took the field against Rennes in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 1-0. Metz tried 22 dribbles in this match and were able to convert 18 of those attempts for a rate of 81.8%. In sharing the ball, they ended with a 81.3% received passes rate by converting 304 of the 374 pass targets in their last outing. Regarding shot accuracy, Metz finished the game at a 40.0% rate by hitting 4 shots on target out of 10 total shots. Metz averages 1.06 goals per 90 (18 goals in total) and have accounted for 13 assists in all games for this campaign.
Aaron Leya Iseka is a guy who should impact this matchup for Metz. He has accounted for 2 assists while earning 5 yellow cards so far in his career. Iseka has had a starting assignment in 42 matchups so far in his career and has 0.29 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Belgium has earned 14 goals in 4,390 mins. Another player who should impact this match is Farid Boulaya, the forward representing France. Boulaya has been on the field for 8,764 mins during 96 starting assignments and has been given a total of 15 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 15 times during his career while he has scored 18 goals. He scores 0.18 goals per 90 minutes for his career.
The man protecting the net for Metz will be Alexandre Oukidja. Oukidja (59-38-36 record during his soccer career) has accumulated 45 shutouts, which leaves him with a 33.8% clean sheet percentage. The keeper hailing from France has seen 387 shots attempted against him in 133 starts. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.08 (143 goals allowed) and he has a save % of .724. Oukidja has defended the goal for 11,919 mins and has accumulated 276 saves during his pro soccer career.
When they last played, Bordeaux went home defeated by a final of 3-1 against Reims. Bordeaux finished with a 75.0% successful dribble percentage by converting 6 out of the 8 dribbles they tried. They finished this game by connecting on 614 out of their 687 passes they attempted earning a percentage of 89.4%. Bordeaux had 3 shots attempted out of 9 shots attempted earning them a 33.3% clip in their last match. With a total of 17 goals and 14 assists in all their matches, Bordeaux averages 1.00 goal and 0.82 assists per 90 min.
Toma Basic should provide a spark for Bordeaux. He is averaging 0.18 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 87 games in his pro soccer career. The midfielder born in Croatia has earned 7,404 professional minutes while scoring 15 goals. He has tallied 18 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 10 times. Make sure to watch out for Josh Maja, the forward born in England. He has earned 25 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 4 times. Maja has been given 4 yellow cards in 4,009 minutes played (47 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.56.
Benoit Costil will reside in front of the net for Bordeaux. So far in his career, Costil has given up 512 goals and has racked up 1,223 stops in 418 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.23 goals per 90 mins while holding a record of 145-125-147. He is the owner of a save % of .711 and his clean sheet rate sits at 27.8%. Costil has racked up 116 shutouts and defended 1,718 shots attempted against him in 37,466 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Metz (+162)
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