Saint-Etienne vs Metz Prediction, 2/7/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint-Etienne vs Metz
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Location: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Saint-Etienne (+129) Metz (+277)
John Boye and Metz (9-8-6, 6th in Ligue 1) travel to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday where they'll meet Saint-Etienne (5-8-10, 16th in Ligue 1). The goalies who are expected to start are Jessy Moulin for Saint-Etienne and Alexandre Oukidja for Metz. The odds on this matchup have Saint-Etienne priced at +129 and Metz are at +277. The total has been set at 2.25.
Saint-Etienne faced off with Nantes in their last match and walked away with a draw with a final of 1-1. In the passing game, they ended the game with a 78.6% received passes rate by completing 313 of the 398 pass attempts in their last outing. Saint-Etienne tried 29 dribbles in this matchup and completed 14 of the dribbles for a rate of 48.3%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Saint-Etienne walked away from the pitch at a 50.0% clip by putting 7 shots on target out of 14 total shots. Saint-Etienne sports an average of 0.91 goals per 90 (21 total goals) and have tallied 16 assists in all competitions this season.
Denis Bouanga is a guy who should impact this matchup for Saint-Etienne. He has 18 assists while tallying 20 yellow card warnings in his pro soccer career. Bouanga has been a starter in 133 matches so far in his career and accounts for 0.36 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing France has recorded 47 goals in 11,893 professional minutes played. One more player who should impact this match is Adil Aouchiche, the midfielder who represents France. Aouchiche has been on the pitch for 1,181 mins during 15 career starts and has been given a total of 1 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 3 times during his career while he has scored 2 goals. He scores 0.15 goals per 90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy defending the goal for Saint-Etienne is Jessy Moulin. Moulin (11-13-18 record in his career) has totaled 11 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 26.8% clean sheet rate. The goalkeeper hailing from France has had 187 shots tried against him in 41 career starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.39 (58 goals conceded) and he is the owner of a save % of .722. Moulin has played for 3,747 minutes and has earned 135 saves during his soccer career.
The last time they took the field, Metz earned the draw by finishing with a tally of 1-1 against Montpellier. Metz finished with a 70.0% successful dribble rate by completing 7 out of the 10 dribbles they pursued. They wrapped up this outing by converting 333 of the 395 passes they tried earning a rate of 84.3%. Metz connected on 6 shots on target out of their 15 shots attempted which gave them a 40.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 27 goals and 18 assists in all their matches, Metz averages 1.17 goals and 0.78 assists per 90 minutes.
John Boye should provide a lift for Metz. He scores 0.07 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 188 outings during his career. The defender from Ghana has accumulated 16,869 mins while he has scored 13 goals. He has totaled 46 yellow cards during his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 4 times. Make sure to keep an eye out for Aaron Leya Iseka, the forward born in Belgium. Iseka has been handed 8 yellow cards in 4,664 professional minutes played (46 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.31. He has tallied 16 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 2 different times.
Alexandre Oukidja will be looking after the goal for Metz. In his career, Oukidja has conceded 148 goals while tallying 292 stops in 139 starts. He has conceded 1.07 goals per 90 while earning a mark of 62-41-36. He sports a save % of .727 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 34.5%. Oukidja has 48 clean sheets and has defended 407 shots against him in 12,459 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Metz (+277)
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