Nice vs Metz Prediction, 2/21/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nice vs Metz
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Location: Stade de Nice in Nice, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Nice (+375) Metz (+190)
Stade de Nice is the site where Amine Gouiri and Nice (8-5-11, 14th in Ligue 1) will take on Metz (9-8-8, 7th in Ligue 1) on Sunday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Walter Benitez for Nice and Alexandre Oukidja for Metz. Metz are at at +190 while Nice are priced at +375. The total has been set at 2.5.
Nice played PSG in their last game and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. Nice tried 20 dribbles in this contest and were successful in 18 of those dribbles for a percentage of 90.0%. In regard to passing, they ended with a 88.3% passes received rate by connecting on 469 of the 531 passing attempts in their last game. In relation to shooting accuracy, Nice finished the game at a 38.5% rate by putting 5 shots on target of 13 total shots. Nice averages 1.13 g/90 (27 total goals) and have accounted for 16 assists in all matches this year.
Amine Gouiri is a player you are going to want to keep your eye on for Nice. He has accounted for 3 assists while tallying 5 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career. Gouiri has been given a starting assignment in 21 games so far in his career and he scores 0.32 goals per 90 mins. The forward born in France has 7 goals in 1,982 minutes played. One more guy who should impact this match is Alexis Claude-Maurice, the midfielder born in France. He has helped a teammate on a goal 6 times during his career while he has scored 20 total goals. Claude-Maurice has accumulated 6,224 mins in 68 career starting assignments and has been handed a total of 7 yellow card warnings. He scores 0.29 goals per 90 during his career.
The man defending the goal for Nice will be Walter Benitez. Benitez has seen the field for a total of 13,985 mins and has 433 stops so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.27 (172 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 73.6%. The goalkeeper born in Argentina has had 584 shots tried against him in 155 starting assignments. Benitez (57-44-54 mark in his professional soccer career) has accounted for 48 shutouts, which gives him a 31.0% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the pitch, Metz walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1 against Strasbourg. They wrapped up this match by converting 322 of the 423 passes they tried for a percentage of 76.1%. Metz finished the match with a 33.3% successful dribble rate by completing 4 out of the 12 dribbles they pursued. Metz connected on 3 shots on target out of 14 shots attempted which had them at a 21.4% clip in their last game. Having accumulated 28 goals and 19 assists in all their matches, Metz averages 1.12 goals and 0.76 assists per 90 minutes.
John Boye will be counted on for Metz. The defender born in Ghana has totaled 17,049 mins while scoring 13 goals. He has 46 yellow card warnings during his soccer career and has helped on a goal 4 times. He currently averages 0.07 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 190 games during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Aaron Leya Iseka, the forward hailing from Belgium. Iseka has earned himself 8 yellow card warnings in 4,692 mins (46 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.31. He has tallied 16 goals in his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 2 times.
Alexandre Oukidja will be looking after the goal for Metz. Oukidja has racked up 48 shutouts while seeing 412 shots against him in 12,639 career minutes. He has a save % of 72.3% and his clean sheet rate is currently 34.0%. He has allowed 1.08 goals per 90 mins and he has a mark of 62-41-38. Thus far in his career, Oukidja has allowed 151 goals and has earned 294 saves in 141 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nice (+375)
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