Metz vs Marseille Prediction, 5/23/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Marseille
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+165) Marseille (+136)
Stade Saint-Symphorien is the venue where Ibrahima Niane and Metz (12-10-15, 10th in Ligue 1) will play Marseille (16-11-10, 5th in Ligue 1) on Sunday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Steve Mandanda for Marseille. Metz are at +165 while the Olympians are at +136. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Metz faced off with Lorient in their most recent game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. Metz tried 33 dribbles in this contest and were able to convert 18 of those attempts for a percentage of 54.5%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended with a 89.3% rate by connecting on 573 of the 642 passing targets last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, Metz ended this match at a 33.3% clip by putting 1 shot on target out of 3 total shots. Metz sports an average of 1.11 goals per 90 minutes (41 goals in total) and have accounted for 28 assists in all contests this year.
Ibrahima Niane is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Metz. He has accounted for 1 assist while tallying 1 yellow card during his soccer career. Niane has been given a starting assignment in 37 contests during his pro soccer career and accounts for 0.49 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Senegal has recorded 21 goals in 3,835 minutes played. Someone else who should impact this game is Vagner, the forward who represents Cape Verde. Vagner has played 3,882 mins during 43 starts and has been given 9 yellow card cautions. He has helped a teammate on a goal 5 times during his soccer career while scoring 17 total goals. He currently averages 0.39 G/90 for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Metz will be Alexandre Oukidja. Oukidja (65-42-43 record in his career) has earned 49 shutouts, which gives him a 32.7% clean sheet percentage. The keeper from France has seen 445 shots sent in his direction in 150 career starts. His GA/90 is 1.10 (165 goals conceded) and he holds a save % of 72.4%. Oukidja has seen the field for a total of 13,448 minutes and has earned 318 stops in his pro soccer career.
For their last game, Marseille walked away with a victory by a final of 3-2 against Angers. They wrapped up this match by converting 513 out of their 567 attempted passes earning a percentage of 90.5%. Marseille had a 63.6% successful dribble rate by connecting on 14 of the 22 dribbles they tried. Marseille landed 10 shots on target out of 15 shots tried which had them at a 66.7% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 52 goals and 45 assists in all competitions, Marseille sports an average of 1.41 goals and 1.22 assists per 90.
Arkadiusz Milik should provide a spark for Marseille. He scores 0.63 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 141 matches so far in his career. The forward from Poland has been on the field for 13,080 mins and has scored 91 goals. He has 24 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 21 times. You should also watch out for Florian Thauvin, the forward representing France. Thauvin has been given a total of 30 yellow cards in 20,046 mins (234 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.39. He has scored 86 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 44 different times.
Steve Mandanda will be residing in front of the net for Marseille. During his professional soccer career, Mandanda has given up 515 goals while tallying 1,190 stops in 468 starts. He has given up 1.11 goals per 90 minutes while earning a record of 223-130-112. He is the owner of a save percentage of 70.4% and his shutout rate is currently at 31.6%. Mandanda has recorded 148 clean sheets while he has seen 1,684 shots attempted against him in 41,718 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Metz (+165)
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