Metz vs Montpellier Prediction, 2/3/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Montpellier
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+109) Montpellier (+225)
Gaetan Laborde and Montpellier (8-4-10, 11th in Ligue 1) are headed to Stade Saint-Symphorien on Wednesday where they'll meet Metz (9-7-6, 6th in Ligue 1). The goalies protecting the net are Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Dimitry Bertaud for Montpellier. Metz are at +109 while the Paillade are at +225. The total opens at 2.5.
Metz stepped onto the pitch against Brest in their most recent match and went home with a win by a final score of 4-2. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 82.6% passes received percentage by connecting on 322 out of their 390 passing targets last match. Metz attempted 12 dribbles in this outing and were successful in 7 of the attempts for a rate of 58.3%. Regarding shot accuracy, Metz finished the game at a 40.0% clip by putting 6 shots on target of 15 total shots. Metz is averaging 1.18 g/90 (26 goals in total) and have tallied 17 assists in all games this year.
Aaron Leya Iseka is a player who should impact this matchup for Metz. He has 2 assists while accumulating 7 yellow cards so far in his career. Iseka has been given a starting assignment in 45 outings thus far in his career and scores 0.31 goals per 90. The forward born in Belgium has totaled 16 goals scored in 4,612 minutes played. Another guy who could decide the outcome is John Boye, the defender born in Ghana. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 4 times in his career while scoring 13 goals. Boye has accumulated 16,817 minutes in 187 starts and has earned himself a total of 45 yellow card cautions. He scores 0.07 G/90 during his career.
The guy defending the goal for Metz is Alexandre Oukidja. Oukidja (62-40-36 mark in his professional soccer career) has recorded 48 shutouts, which leaves him with a 34.8% clean sheet percentage. The goalkeeper hailing from France has had 404 shots tried against him in 138 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.07 (147 total goals conceded) and his save % is .728. Oukidja has seen the field for 12,369 mins and has tallied 290 stops during his soccer career.
When they last played, Montpellier walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1 against Lens. They finished this game by connecting on 358 out of their 445 attempted passes for a rate of 80.4%. Montpellier finished the match with a 43.8% successful dribble rate by completing 7 out of the 16 dribbles they attempted. Montpellier had 7 shots on target out of their 18 shots attempted which had them at a 38.9% clip in their last match. Having accumulated 34 goals and 26 assists in all their matches, Montpellier averages 1.55 goals and 1.18 assists per 90 minutes.
Gaetan Laborde will need to provide a spark for Montpellier. The forward born in France has 13,100 mins and he has scored 42 goals. He has earned 16 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 24 times. He is currently averaging 0.29 goals per 90 and has been in the starting lineup in 147 outings in his career. Be sure to watch out for Stephy Mavididi, the forward representing England. He has scored 11 goals so far in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 1 time. Mavididi has earned himself 4 yellow card warnings in 3,444 mins (36 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.29.
Dimitry Bertaud is expected to look after the net for Montpellier. Bertaud has earned 3 shutouts while defending 22 shots against him in 671 career mins. He sports a save percentage of .591 and his clean sheet rate is 42.9%. He has allowed 1.34 goals per 90 mins and he has a record of 2-1-4. In his career, Bertaud has allowed 10 goals and has accounted for 12 saves in 7 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Montpellier (+225)
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