Metz vs Nice Prediction, 1/10/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Nice
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
TV: Viaplay Denmark
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+162) Nice (+188)
Alexis Claude-Maurice and Nice (6-4-6, 12th in Ligue 1) go to Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday where they'll meet Metz (6-5-6, 10th in Ligue 1). The starting goaltenders will be Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Walter Benitez for Nice. Nice are at at +188 while Metz are at +162. The O/U is 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.
For their last outing, Nice went home with a draw by a final score of 2-2 against Lorient. They wrapped up this contest by connecting on 385 out of their 469 attempted passes earning a percentage of 82.1%. Nice ended the game with a 42.9% successful dribble rate by converting 6 of the 14 dribbles they pursued. Nice connected on 3 shots tried out of their 3 shots tried which had them at a 100% rate in their last match. With a total of 21 goals and 13 assists for all their matches, Nice averages 1.31 goals and 0.81 assists per 90 minutes.
Alexis Claude-Maurice will need to provide a lift for Nice. The midfielder born in France has earned 5,913 mins and he has scored 20 goals. He has totaled 6 yellow card cautions during his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. He is currently averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 65 matches in his career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Rony Lopes, the forward hailing from Brazil. He has tallied 27 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 17 times. Lopes has been handed 11 yellow cards in 9,412 professional minutes played (115 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.26.
Walter Benitez will reside in front of the goal for Nice. In his pro soccer career, Benitez has conceded 161 goals and has racked up 407 stops in 147 starting assignments. He has surrendered 1.26 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 55-43-49. He holds a save percentage of .737 and his shutout rate is currently at 31.3%. Benitez has totaled 46 shutouts while defending 548 shots attempted against him in 13,265 career minutes.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Metz (+162) and over 2.5 goals
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