Nice vs Saint-Etienne Prediction, 1/31/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nice vs Saint-Etienne
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021
Location: Stade de Nice in Nice, France
TV: Arena Sport 2 Serbia
Odds/Point Spread: Nice (+137) Saint-Etienne (+180)
Denis Bouanga and Saint-Etienne (4-7-10, 16th in Ligue 1) go to Stade de Nice on Sunday where they'll take on Nice (7-5-8, 12th in Ligue 1). The goalies who are expected to start are Walter Benitez for Nice and Jessy Moulin for Saint-Etienne. The line on this matchup has Nice coming in at +137 and Saint-Étienne are at +180. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Nice faced off with Lens in their most recent match and walked away with a win by a score of 1-0. In the passing game, they ended up with a 80.2% received passes percentage by connecting on 353 out of their 440 pass attempts last game. Nice attempted 9 dribbles in this matchup and converted 4 of those tries for a rate of 44.4%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Nice finished the game at a 28.6% rate by hitting 2 shots on target of 7 total shots. Nice is averaging 1.15 goals per 90 (23 total goals) and have accumulated 14 assists in all competitions this year.
Amine Gouiri is one guy you are going to want to keep your eye on for Nice. Gouiri has been a starter in 17 matches in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing France has totaled 6 goals in 1,642 mins. He has totaled 3 assists while accumulating 4 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career. One more guy who could decide who wins is Alexis Claude-Maurice, the midfielder representing France. Claude-Maurice has earned 5,970 mins in 65 starts and has been handed 6 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 6 times so far in his pro soccer career while he has scored 20 total goals. He is averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins during his career.
The man defending the goal for Nice will be Walter Benitez. Benitez has played for a total of 13,625 mins and has accumulated 424 saves in his pro soccer career. His goals allowed per 90 mins is 1.27 (167 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save percentage of .737. The goalie from Argentina has had 571 shots sent in his direction in 151 career starting assignments. Benitez (56-44-51 mark during his career) has accumulated 47 clean sheets, which gives him a 31.1% clean sheet percentage.
For their last match, Saint-Etienne went home defeated by a final of 5-0 against Lyon. Saint-Etienne ended the game with a 57.1% successful dribble rate by connecting on 8 of the 14 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this match by converting 286 of the 369 passing tries for a percentage of 77.5%. Saint-Etienne had 0 shots on target out of 3 shots tried which gave them a 0% rate in their last match. With 19 goals and 14 assists in all their games, Saint-Etienne averages 0.90 goals and 0.67 assists per 90.
Denis Bouanga should provide a spark for Saint-Etienne. He sports an average of 0.36 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 131 matches thus far in his career. The forward from France has earned 11,713 mins and he has scored 47 goals. He has earned 19 yellow card warnings so far in his career and has assisted on a goal 17 times. Be sure to watch out for Adil Aouchiche, the midfielder hailing from France. Aouchiche has been given a total of 1 yellow card caution in 1,056 professional minutes played (13 starts). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.17. He has earned 2 goals during his pro soccer career while helping on a goal 3 different times.
Jessy Moulin is expected to look after the goal for Saint-Etienne. Moulin has totaled 10 clean sheets while seeing 180 shots attempted against him in 3,567 career mins. He sports a save percentage of .717 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 25.6%. He has allowed 1.44 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 10-12-18. So far in his career, Moulin has conceded 57 goals and has earned 129 stops in 39 starts.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Nice (+137)
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