Nimes vs Reims Prediction, 5/2/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nimes vs Reims
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: Stade des Costières in Nîmes, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Nimes (+145) Reims (+175)
Moussa Kone and Nimes (8-7-19, 19th in Ligue 1) play Reims (9-14-11, 11th in Ligue 1) at Stade des Costières on Sunday. The goalkeepers who are expected to start are Baptiste Reynet for Nimes and Predrag Rajkovic for Reims. Nîmes are at +145 while the Red and Whites are at +175. The total is set at 2.25.
Nimes played Lens in their last game and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-1. Nimes tried 21 dribbles in this game and completed 11 of the tries for a rate of 52.4%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 86.4% received passes percentage by connecting on 424 out of their 491 passing targets last contest. In regard to shooting accuracy, Nimes finished at a 7.1% clip by hitting 1 shot on target out of 14 total shots. Nimes averages 0.97 goals per 90 minutes (33 total goals) and have accounted for 21 assists in all matches this year.
Moussa Kone is a player who should be able to impact this game for Nimes. He has totaled 9 assists while tallying 15 yellow card warnings during his pro soccer career. Kone has been given a starting assignment in 72 contests so far in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.44 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Senegal has accumulated 32 goals scored in 6,503 professional minutes played. Another guy who should impact this match is Renaud Ripart, the forward representing France. He has assisted on a goal 18 times thus far in his career while scoring 44 goals. Ripart has been on the pitch for 15,711 minutes in 177 career starting assignments and has been handed 12 yellow cards. He scores 0.25 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for Nimes will be Baptiste Reynet. Reynet has played for 28,652 mins and has tallied 993 stops in his career. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.48 (470 total goals given up) and he has a save percentage of 69.6%. The goalkeeper hailing from France has seen 1,436 shots attempted against him in 318 starts. Reynet (98-87-131 record in his career) has accumulated 78 shutouts, which has earned him a 24.5% clean sheet percentage.
For their last match, Reims walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 3-1 against Marseille. Reims earned a 69.6% successful dribble percentage by converting 16 of the 23 dribbles they tried. They wrapped up this outing by converting 369 of the 435 passes they attempted for a percentage of 84.8%. Reims connected on 1 shot on target out of the team's 10 shots attempted which had them at a 10.0% rate when they last took the field. Having accumulated 36 goals and 20 assists in all their contests, Reims averages 1.06 goals and 0.59 assists per 90.
Boulaye Dia should provide solid play for Reims. The forward representing France has been on the field for 5,152 mins while he has scored 24 goals. He has accounted for 4 yellow cards in his career and has helped on a goal 2 times. He currently averages 0.42 goals per 90 minutes and has had a starting assignment in 60 outings in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Arber Zeneli, the forward who represents Sweden. He has totaled 34 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 32 times. Zeneli has been given 2 yellow cards in 11,726 mins (135 starting assignments). His G/90 average in his career is 0.26.
Predrag Rajkovic will look after the net for Reims. So far in his pro soccer career, Rajkovic has surrendered 85 goals and has accounted for 253 saves in 99 starting assignments. He has allowed 0.87 goals per 90 mins and he has earned a record of 43-33-22. He has a save percentage of 75.8% and his clean sheet rate is currently at 42.4%. Rajkovic has recorded 42 clean sheets while he has seen 335 shots against him in 8,820 career mins.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Reims (+175)
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