OGC Nice vs. Olympique Lyonnais 10/24/21 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

OGC Nice vs. Olympique Lyonnais
October 24, 2021 7:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -175, Under 2.5 +137
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OGC Nice is welcoming Olympique Lyonnais to Allianz Riviera in round 11 of the French Ligue 1. Nice has been doing surprisingly well so far this season if you ask me, and that is thanks to their defense that has conceded only 5 goals so far. Lyon is slowly finding their form, and they are now undefeated in their last 6 games while riding a 2-game winning streak.

With 16 points, 17 scored goals, and only 5 conceded goals, Nice is now in 6th place in the standings, but they also have 2 games less than Nantes and Angers ahead of them. Nice has lost 2 of their last 7 games, and they failed to score a goal in both of those losses. In their latest game against Troyes on the road, Nice was the dominant team with 62% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. Despite all the possession and control they had, Nice wasn’t able to score a goal here, and they ended up losing this game 1-0. Gouiri has been the best player for Nice with 5 goals and 2 assists, while Dolberg added 4 goals. Bambu and Kluivert are both injured and will miss this game. After their latest loss, Nice will do everything to get back on track, but this will be a hard game, and they will need their defense stable once again.

Lyon was playing in the Europa League earlier this week against Sparta Prague on the road, and even though their defense was sloppy, their offense took the load off. Lyon was the better team overall with 57% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 6 big chances created, and 83% of the correct passes. After losing 2-0 in the 19th minute, Lyon’s offense started working, and it paid off. Lyon has completely turned this game around by the 67th minute, while they conceded a red card in the 74th minute. In the 88th minute, Lyon has scored another goal, while Sparta scored a consolation goal in the 96th minute. Lyon has won this game 3-4. In Ligue 1, Lyon is in 7th place with 16 points, 16 scored goals, and 13 conceded goals, and they better improve their defense if they want to get further. Reine-Adelaide, Pintor, Dembele, and Slimani are all injured. Dembele and Paqueta have each scored 4 goals for Lyon so far this season. Lyon has the offense, they are producing a lot, but their defense is keeping them down, and that will be a big problem for them when playing in 2 competitions.

 Nice hasn’t lost any of their last 5 home games, and they are still undefeated at home this season. Lyon is in solid form, and they haven’t lost any of their last 6 games. On paper, this should be a great game with a lot of goals, but I don’t think it will. I see a battle here, and for that reason, I will take the under, something I don’t take often.

Goran Kucar's Free Pick: Under 2.5 +137

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Goran Kucar

I was born and raised in Croatia, and with that, I was raised with soccer all around me. I love playing soccer, watching soccer, and now I love writing and handicapping soccer at PickDawgz and SportsChatPlace.

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