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Metz will take to the pitch with visiting opponents Lille at Stade Saint-Symphorien in the Ligue 1 meeting on Friday.
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Metz prepare for this fixture following on from a 0-0 Coupe De France draw vs Monaco.
In that match, FC Metz managed 44% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. AS Monaco FC got 17 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Monaco won the match 4-5 in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Frédéric Antonetti's FC Metz have managed to score 7 times over their past six outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in those same games amounts to 10.
Looking at their past form shows that FC Metz:
- haven't beaten Lille in their last 4 matches in the league.
- haven’t won at home in the past 4 league matches. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
Lille will go into this match following on from a 0-1 Ligue 1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their most recent outing.
In that match, Lille had 35% possession and 3 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player to score for Lille was Jonathan David (20'). At the other end, Paris Saint-Germain had 16 shots on goal with 3 on target.
Christophe Galtier's Lille have slotted home 7 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The aggregate of goals that they have conceded during that same period adds up to 6.
Going into this contest, Lille have not been beaten in their last 10 away league matches. What a good run they have put together.
Head to head
A glance at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 13/08/2016 shows that Metz have won 2 of these & Lille 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
A combined sum of 15 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 6 from Les Grenats and 9 for LOSC. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The previous league meeting between these sides was Ligue 1 match day 3 on 13/09/2020 when the final score was Lille 1-0 FC Metz.
On that day, Lille had 61% possession and 17 shots on goal with 7 on target. The scorer was Luiz Araújo (88').
At the other end, FC Metz had 5 shots at goal with 1 on target.
The match was refereed by Jérémie Pignard.
Team News: Metz
Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident), Ibrahima Niane (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Warren Tchimbembé (Meniscal Injury) won’t be playing for Metz manager Frédéric Antonetti.
Team News: Lille
Lille boss Christophe Galtier has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Jonathan David (Torn ankle ligament), Zeki Celik (Corona virus) and Yusuf Yazici (Corona virus) are those who can’t be considered.
We’re of the view that Metz may not find it easy to get anything against this Lille team who should be able to grind out a win.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a good battle with a 0-1 advantage for Lille when all is said and done.
Hoping for a good game.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien (24,985)
Captain: John Boye
Chairman: Bernard Serin
Manager: Frédéric Antonetti
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 9, Coupe De France (1/8 Finals)
⭐ Key Player: Farid Boulaya
Mostly taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Farid Boulaya was born in Vitrolles, France. After making a first senior appearance for FC Istres in the 2011 - 2012 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has managed 5 league goals in the Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 27 appearances.