Nantes vs Montpellier Prediction, 5/23/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nantes vs Montpellier
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Nantes (-101) Montpellier (+245)
Stade de la Beaujoire is the site where Ludovic Blas and Nantes (9-13-15, 18th in Ligue 1) will play Montpellier (13-12-12, 8th in Ligue 1) on Sunday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Alban Lafont for Nantes and Dimitry Bertaud for Montpellier. The line on this matchup has Nantes coming in at -101 and the Paillade are at +245. The total has been set at 2.5.
Nantes stepped onto the pitch against Dijon in their last game and went home with a win by a final score of 4-0. Nantes attempted 16 dribbles in this match and were successful in 7 of the attempts for a percentage of 43.8%. In sharing the ball, they ended up with a 74.5% passes received rate by completing 210 out of their 282 passing targets in their last outing. In relation to shooting accuracy, Nantes walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% rate by putting 4 shots on target out of 16 shots. Nantes is averaging 1.24 goals per 90 minutes (46 total goals) and have accounted for 27 assists in all matches this season.
Ludovic Blas is a player who should be able to impact this match for Nantes. He has 16 assists while accumulating 18 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career. Blas has been a starter in 118 outings during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.17 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from France has recorded 21 goals scored in 10,954 minutes played. Another player who could decide the outcome is Renaud Emond, the forward representing Belgium. He has assisted on a goal 8 times thus far in his career and he has scored 55 goals. Emond has earned 10,843 minutes during 118 starts and has been handed 15 yellow cards. He averages 0.46 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Nantes will be Alban Lafont. Lafont has defended the goal for 17,579 mins and has tallied 544 stops thus far in his career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.25 (244 total goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 72.1%. The goalkeeper from Burkina Faso has had 761 shots tried at him in 196 starts. Lafont (55-61-80 mark in his career) has tallied 53 shutouts, which leaves him with a 27.0% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Montpellier finished locked up with a final of 0-0 against Brest. They finished this game by converting 313 out of their 379 passes they attempted earning a rate of 82.6%. Montpellier had a 61.1% successful dribble percentage by completing 11 out of the 18 dribbles they tried. Montpellier landed 2 shots on target out of their 4 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 50.0% clip when they last took the field. With a total of 58 goals and 41 assists in all their games, Montpellier has an average of 1.57 goals and 1.11 assists per 90 minutes.
Andy Delort will be someone to watch for Montpellier. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 238 outings thus far in his career. The forward representing France has totaled 21,816 mins and he has scored 93 goals. He has earned 45 yellow cards in his career and has assisted on a goal 43 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Gaetan Laborde, the forward representing France. Laborde has earned himself 16 yellow card cautions in 14,372 mins (162 career starts). His goals per 90 minute average during his pro soccer career is 0.32. He has earned 51 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 26 times.
Dimitry Bertaud will be residing in front of the net for Montpellier. Bertaud has earned 4 clean sheets while he has seen 42 shots against him in 941 mins throughout his career. He has a save % of 71.4% and his clean sheet rate is 40.0%. He has given up 1.24 goals per 90 mins while he holds a record of 3-3-4. In his career, Bertaud has conceded 13 goals and has accumulated 29 stops in 10 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Montpellier (+245)
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