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Metz will be the visitors at Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday for the Ligue 1 tie with hosts Nantes.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Nantes v Metz are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Nantes, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 0-2 Ligue 1 triumph against FC Lorient.
In that game, Nantes had 53% possession and 16 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. For Nantes, the goalscorers were Kader Bamba (80') and Ludovic Blas (83'). On the other side, FC Lorient got 18 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games that Nantes haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Les Canaris have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 10 goals in the process. That kind of pattern might not be sustained into this next game, of course.
Coming into this contest, Nantes have not won against FC Metz in their last 3 matches in the league.
Last time out, Metz drew 1-1 in the Ligue 1 match with Dijon.
In that match, FC Metz managed 45% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Metz was Papa Ndiaga Yade (21'). For their opponents, Dijon FCO had 14 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Mama Baldé (13') was the scorer for Dijon.
In 5 of the previous 6 games involving FC Metz, a comparatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing sides. The overall average number of goals per game within that period comes out as a meagre 2.17, with the average goals for Les Grenats being 1.5.
Their previous form shows that FC Metz:
- haven't won against Nantes when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- are undefeated in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head to head meetings dating back to 11/09/2016 shows us that Nantes have won 1 of them and Metz 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
A sum of 9 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 3 for Les Canaris and 6 for Les Grenats. That’s an average goals per game of 1.5.
The last league clash between these sides was Ligue 1 match day 25 on 15/02/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Nantes 0-0 FC Metz.
On that day, Nantes had 55% possession and 18 shots at goal with 7 of them on target.
On the other side, FC Metz got 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The referee was Jérémy Stinat.
Team News: Nantes
Anthony Limbombe (Tear in the abductor muscle) and Moses Simon (Adductor problems) are unavailable for Nantes gaffer Christian Gourcuff.
Team News: Metz
Metz boss Frédéric Antonetti has multiple availability issues to deal with. Vagner (Unknown Injury), Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident), Ibrahima Niane (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Kévin N'Doram (Achilles tendon surgery) won’t be making appearances.
We believe that Metz should get enough chances to score against this Nantes side, however that probably won’t quite be enough to avoid a loss.
We’re expecting a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning margin for Nantes by the conclusion of the game. Should be a good one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire (35,322)
Captain: Abdoulaye Touré
Chairman: Waldemar Kita
Manager: Christian Gourcuff
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 14
🔑 Key Player: Imran Louza
Mostly taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Imran Louza was born in Nantes, France. Having made his senior debut playing for Nantes in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Midfielder has got 2 league goals in the Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date coming from a total of 7 appearances.