Monaco vs Nice Prediction, 2/3/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Monaco vs Nice
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Stade Louis II in Monaco
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Monaco (-167) Nice (+425)
Stade Louis II is the site where Kevin Volland and Monaco (13-3-6, 4th in Ligue 1) will play Nice (7-5-9, 13th in Ligue 1) on Wednesday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Benjamin Lecomte for Monaco and Walter Benitez for Nice. The Monégasques are at -167 while Nice are priced at +425. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Monaco faced off with Nantes in their most recent game and walked away with a win by a score of 2-1. Monaco attempted 12 dribbles in this match and converted 10 of those attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. In sharing the ball, they finished this match with a 87.2% received passes rate by converting 566 out of their 649 pass attempts in their last match. Regarding shot accuracy, Monaco ended this match at a 35.7% rate by hitting 5 shots on target of 14 total shots. Monaco is averaging 2.00 goals per 90 min (44 total goals) and have accounted for 30 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Kevin Volland is a player who should be able to impact this game for Monaco. Volland has been in the starting lineup in 294 games during his pro soccer career while scoring 0.38 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Germany has totaled 107 goals scored in 25,619 mins. He has totaled 63 assists while accumulating 50 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. One more player who should impact this match is Wissam Ben Yedder, the forward representing Spain. Yedder has been on the field for 21,366 mins in 246 starting assignments and has been handed 15 yellow cards. He has helped a teammate on a goal 42 times during his soccer career and he has scored 128 goals. He is averaging 0.54 goals per 90 mins for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Monaco will be Benjamin Lecomte. Lecomte has been on the pitch for a total of 23,473 mins and has earned 810 saves thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.27 (331 goals given up) and he has a save percentage of .721. The goalie hailing from France has seen 1,121 shots attempted at him in 260 starts. Lecomte (91-81-89 mark during his career) has recorded 71 clean sheets, which has him sitting with a 27.3% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the field, Nice went home defeated by a final of 1-0 against Saint-Etienne. Nice ended the game with a 58.3% successful dribble rate by completing 7 of the 12 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this match by completing 382 of the 454 passing tries earning a percentage of 84.1%. Nice landed 2 shots on target out of 7 shots tried which had them at a 28.6% rate in their last game. Having tallied 23 goals and 14 assists for all their matches, Nice sports an average of 1.10 goals and 0.67 assists per 90 minutes.
Alexis Claude-Maurice will need to provide a lift for Nice. He has an average of 0.30 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 65 outings in his career. The midfielder from France has been on the field for 5,999 minutes and has scored 20 goals. He has totaled 6 yellow cards in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 6 times. You should also keep an eye on Amine Gouiri, the forward hailing from France. He has accumulated 6 goals in his career while helping on a goal 3 different times. Gouiri has been given a total of 4 yellow card cautions in 1,712 professional minutes (18 career starts). His G/90 average in his pro soccer career is 0.32.
Walter Benitez is expected to look after the goal for Nice. So far in his pro soccer career, Benitez has surrendered 168 goals and has accumulated 424 saves in 152 starting assignments. He has given up 1.27 goals per 90 minutes and he has a record of 56-44-52. He holds a save % of .736 and his clean sheet rate sits at 30.9%. Benitez has racked up 47 clean sheets and has defended 572 shots against him in 13,715 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Nice (+425)
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