Lens vs Angers Prediction, 3/18/2023 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lens vs Angers
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, France
TV: Fanatiz USA
Odds/Point Spread: Lens (-349) Angers (+940)
Lens (15-9-3) are welcoming Angers (2-4-21) at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday. Lens are priced at -349 and the Black and Whites are at +940. The total is set at 2.5. The starting goaltenders are Brice Samba for Lens and Yahia Fofana for Angers.
RC Lens given up 21 goals while allowing 0.78 goals per 90 minutes, and opponents have accumulated 94 SoT on them. They have a total of 10 shut outs, which has them sitting at a rate of 37.0 over the course of the season. Lens has earned 46 yellow cards on the year and also 1 red card. The Blood and Gold sit at 3rd in regard to goals expected having 46.2, and the team's xGA are 29.0. On the campaign, this club is sitting with an average of 2.00 pts/match (54 pts) and are 3rd in Ligue 1 with 31 assists. Their difference in goals is currently at 23 because of 44 goals tallied in addition to 21 goals surrendered. Lens has accounted for 74 saves and also have earned a save rate of 79.8 on the year.
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The Black and Whites average 0.4 points per match while earning 12 assists and 5 red cards. The Black and Whites have recorded a clean sheet percentage of 11.1 for the year in addition to 53 yellow cards. Angers has a rank of 20th in goals given up having 60, and the difference in goals is sitting at -39. This season, the Black and Whites have a save percentage of 62.5 (144 shots on target against), and they also sit at 20th in Ligue 1 with 10 pts. Their goals against per 90 is currently at 2.22 with 86 saves, and they have compiled 3 shut outs. Angers has earned 21 goals and their xG this year sits at 29.2.
The guy who will defend the goal for Lens is Brice Samba. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.01 (199 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of .761. Samba (74-63-60 mark in his career) has accumulated 65 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 33.2% clean sheet percentage. Samba has been on the field for a total of 17,748 mins and is sitting with 561 saves thus far in his career. The keeper born in Congo has had 737 shots tried at him in 196 career starts.
Yahia Fofana is expected to look after the goal for Angers. Fofana has accumulated 16 clean sheets while seeing 183 shots against him in 4,053 career minutes. He is the owner of a save % of .738 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 35.6%. He has allowed 1.18 goals per 90 while holding a mark of 15-12-18. During his pro soccer career, Fofana has given up 53 goals and has 135 stops in 45 starts.
Florian Sotoca is one guy who can make a difference on the pitch for Lens. The forward representing France has totaled 40 goals in 12,482 minutes played. Sotoca has had a starting assignment in 142 contests in his career and he accounts for 0.29 goals per 90 mins. He has 25 assists while tallying 25 yellow cards in his career.
Angers has an attacker in Adrien Hunou, who should keep defenses up at night. He is currently averaging 0.30 goals per 90 mins and has been given a starting assignment in 153 contests so far in his pro soccer career. The forward representing France has 13,640 professional minutes and has earned 46 goals. He has 2 yellow card warnings during his career and has helped on a goal 11 times.
Who will win tonight's Ligue 1 game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Lens (-349)
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