Strasbourg vs Metz Prediction, 9/17/2021 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Strasbourg vs Metz
Date: Friday, September 17, 2021
Location: Stade de la Meinau in Strasbourg, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Strasbourg (-146) Metz (+407)
Vagner and Metz (0-3-2, 18th in Ligue 1) head to Stade de la Meinau on Friday where they'll meet Strasbourg (1-1-3, 15th in Ligue 1). The goaltenders who are expected to start are Matz Sels for Strasbourg and Alexandre Oukidja for Metz. Strasbourg are at -146 while Metz are at +407. The O/U has been set at 2.25.
Strasbourg stepped onto the pitch against Lyon in their last matchup and took a loss by a final of 3-1. Strasbourg attempted 9 dribbles in this outing and successfully completed 3 of the attempts for a rate of 33.3%. In regard to passing, they earned a 84.6% passes received rate by converting 347 of the 410 passing attempts in their last game.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Strasbourg ended this match at a 27.3% rate by putting 3 SoT out of 11 total shots. Strasbourg is averaging 1.20 goals per 90 minutes (6 goals in total) and have accounted for 4 assists in all games this season.
Ludovic Ajorque is a player who can be a difference maker for Strasbourg. Ajorque has been in the starting lineup in 137 contests so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 0.40 goals per 90 minutes. The forward who is from Réunion has 53 goals in 11,923 mins. He has accounted for 18 assists while earning 23 yellow cards so far in his career.
Another player who could decide the outcome is Kevin Gameiro, the forward representing France. Gameiro has accumulated 27,285 mins in 296 career starting assignments and has earned himself 9 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 39 times thus far in his career while scoring 151 goals. He scores 0.50 G/90 so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Strasbourg will be Matz Sels. Sels has defended the goal for a total of 21,600 mins and has tallied 697 stops thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.27 (304 goals surrendered) and he holds a save % of 71.1%. The goalkeeper hailing from Belgium has seen 986 shots tried at him in 240 starts. Sels (98-69-73 mark in his professional soccer career) has recorded 66 shutouts, which has him sitting with a 27.5% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Metz took a loss by a score of 2-0 against Troyes. They finished the match by completing 559 of the 628 attempted passes earning a rate of 89.0%. Metz earned a 45.5% successful dribble percentage by converting 5 out of the 11 dribbles they pursued. Metz converted 2 shots on target out of their 17 shots tried giving them a 11.8% clip when they last took the field. Having tallied 5 goals and 3 assists in all their matches, Metz is averaging 1.00 goal and 0.60 assists per 90 minutes.
Vagner should provide solid play for Metz. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 minutes and has been a starter in 43 games in his career. The forward hailing from Cape Verde has totaled 3,981 mins and he has scored 17 goals. He has accumulated 10 yellow card cautions thus far in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Ibrahima Niane, the forward representing Senegal. He has 22 goals during his soccer career while assisting on a goal 2 times. Niane has been handed a total of 2 yellow card warnings in 4,265 professional minutes played (42 starts). His goals per 90 min average in his career is 0.46.
Alexandre Oukidja will look after the goal for Metz. Oukidja has tallied 49 clean sheets while defending 470 shots tried against him in 13,988 minutes throughout his career. He has earned a save % of 71.7% and his clean sheet rate is 31.4%. He has surrendered 1.13 goals per 90 and he has a record of 65-46-45. During his pro soccer career, Oukidja has conceded 176 goals while totaling 335 saves in 156 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Strasbourg (-146)
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