Saint-Etienne vs Lens Prediction, 3/3/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint-Etienne vs Lens
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Saint-Etienne (+165) Lens (+158)
Florian Sotoca and Lens (11-8-8, 6th in Ligue 1) travel to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Wednesday where they'll take on Saint-Etienne (7-9-11, 16th in Ligue 1). The goalkeepers protecting the net will be Jessy Moulin for Saint-Etienne and Jean-Louis Leca for Lens. Lens are at at +158 while Saint-Étienne are at +165. The total is set at 2.25.
Saint-Etienne faced Lorient in their most recent match and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1. Saint-Etienne attempted 32 dribbles in this contest and converted 22 of the attempts for a rate of 68.8%. When talking about passing the ball, they ended up with a 82.2% rate by connecting on 323 of the 393 pass targets in their last match. In regard to shooting accuracy, Saint-Etienne walked away from the pitch at a 22.2% rate by putting 2 shots on target out of 9 total shots. Saint-Etienne sports an average of 0.93 goals per 90 minutes (25 total goals) and have accounted for 19 assists in all matches for this campaign.
Denis Bouanga is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Saint-Etienne. He has 18 assists while earning 20 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Bouanga has been a starter in 137 outings during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.35 G/90. The forward born in France has racked up 48 goals scored in 12,252 minutes played. Another player who could decide the outcome is Adil Aouchiche, the midfielder born in France. He has assisted on a goal 3 times in his pro soccer career while he has scored 12 goals. Aouchiche has totaled 1,290 minutes in 16 career starting assignments and has been given a total of 1 yellow card caution. He currently averages 0.14 G/90 so far in his career.
The guy who will defend the goal for Saint-Etienne is Jessy Moulin. Moulin has been on the field for a total of 4,107 minutes and has 140 saves so far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.34 (61 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save percentage of 71.8%. The goalie hailing from France has seen 195 shots attempted at him in 45 starts. Moulin (13-14-19 mark in his career) has earned 13 shutouts, which gives him a 28.9% shutout percentage.
In their last game, Lens went home with a draw by a final score of 2-2 against Angers. Lens ended the game with a 62.5% successful dribble percentage by completing 5 out of the 8 dribbles they attempted. They finished the match by completing 403 of the 450 passes they attempted for a percentage of 89.6%. Lens connected on 4 shots on target out of their 14 shots attempted which had them at a 28.6% rate in their last match. Having earned a total of 37 goals and 26 assists in all their matches, Lens averages 1.37 goals and 0.96 assists per 90 min.
Florian Sotoca should provide a lift for Lens. He is averaging 0.33 goals per 90 and has been a starter in 85 outings thus far in his career. The forward born in France has totaled 7,429 minutes while scoring 27 goals. He has accumulated 11 yellow card warnings thus far in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 14 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Gael Kakuta, the forward who is from France. He has 34 goals in his pro soccer career while helping a teammate on a goal 30 times. Kakuta has been given a total of 15 yellow card cautions in 16,334 minutes played (189 starts). His G/90 average in his career is 0.19.
Jean-Louis Leca will be residing in front of the net for Lens. Leca has racked up 73 clean sheets while he has seen 619 shots attempted against him in 17,974 career minutes. He sports a save % of 72.4% and his clean sheet rate is 36.1%. He has surrendered 1.06 goals per 90 while he holds a mark of 84-49-67. During his professional soccer career, Leca has allowed 211 goals and has racked up 445 saves in 202 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Saint-Etienne (+165)
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