Metz vs Reims Prediction, 8/22/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Metz vs Reims
Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Location: Stade Saint-Symphorien in Longeville-lès-Metz, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Metz (+165) Reims (+223)
Farid Boulaya and Metz (0-1-1, 15th in Ligue 1) host Reims (0-2-0, 9th in Ligue 1) at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday. The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Alexandre Oukidja for Metz and Predrag Rajkovic for Reims. The Red and Whites are at at +223 while Metz are at +165. The O/U has been set at 2.25.
Metz faced off with Nantes in their most recent game and took a loss by a score of 2-0. Metz attempted 15 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 9 of the attempts for a rate of 60.0%. When discussing the passing game, they had a 86.3% received passes percentage by converting 497 of the 576 pass attempts in their last match.
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In regard to shooting accuracy, Metz finished the game at a 54.5% rate by hitting 6 shots on target of 11 shots. Metz sports an average of 1.50 g/90 (3 goals in total) and have accumulated 2 assists in all matches for the year.
Farid Boulaya is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Metz. He has accounted for 21 assists while tallying 18 yellow card cautions during his soccer career. Boulaya has been a starter in 113 contests in his career and has 0.18 goals per 90 minutes. The forward representing France has 21 goals scored in 10,264 mins.
Another guy who should impact this match is Vagner, the forward hailing from Cape Verde. Vagner has played 3,925 mins during 43 starting assignments and has been handed a total of 9 yellow cards. He has assisted on a goal 5 times so far in his career and he has scored 17 goals. He currently averages 0.39 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Metz will be Alexandre Oukidja. Oukidja (65-44-44 mark during his soccer career) has tallied 49 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 32.0% clean sheet rate. The goalie born in France has seen 458 shots sent in his direction in 153 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.12 (171 goals given up) and he has a save percentage of 72.1%. Oukidja has been on the pitch for a total of 13,718 minutes and has accumulated 327 stops during his soccer career.
For their last match, Reims weren't able to secure a win with a final of 3-3 against Montpellier. They finished this game by connecting on 426 of the 487 passes they attempted for a percentage of 87.5%. Reims had a 56.3% successful dribble rate by converting 9 out of the 16 dribbles they pursued. Reims landed 9 shots on goal out of their 19 shots attempted which gave them a 47.4% rate when they last took the field. With 3 goals and 1 assist in all their matches, Reims averages 1.50 goals and 0.50 assists per 90 minutes.
Yunis Abdelhamid will be someone to watch for Reims. He is averaging 0.06 goals per 90 and has been given a starting assignment in 307 outings in his career. The defender from France has been on the field for 27,396 mins while he has scored 18 goals. He has collected 40 yellow cards so far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 2 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Xavier Chavalerin, the midfielder representing France. Chavalerin has earned himself 47 yellow card cautions in 22,228 mins (243 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.06. He has accumulated 14 goals in his pro soccer career while assisting on a goal 19 different times.
Predrag Rajkovic will look after the goal for Reims. Rajkovic has recorded 43 clean sheets while he has seen 364 shots attempted against him in 9,360 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of 74.7% and his clean sheet rate is currently 41.0%. He has surrendered 0.93 goals per 90 minutes and he has earned a record of 43-36-25. In his career, Rajkovic has conceded 97 goals and has accumulated 271 stops in 105 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Reims (+223)
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