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Metz arrive at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday for the Ligue 1 fixture with home side Lille.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Lille v Metz match are shown here - plus the latest match odds.
Lille will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-1 Ligue 1 success vs Reims.
In that match, Lille had 50% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Lille was Jonathan Bamba (32').
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that things are going according to plan in the Lille rearguard. LOSC have kept it tight, seeing the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their previous 6 matches standing at 3. We will have to find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Looking at their past form shows that Lille:
- have not lost a league tie with FC Metz in their last 3 matches.
- are unbeaten in their previous 3 home league matches.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Monaco in Ligue 1 competition, Metz and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, FC Metz had 54% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. On the other side, AS Monaco FC got 3 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Benoît Badiashile (22') was the scorer for Monaco.
The attacking players from Metz have failed to get amongst the goals over their last six games, recording the unsatisfactory return of just 4. In those fixtures, Les Grenats have also seen the collective goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 6.
Looking at the pre-match facts, FC Metz:
- have not registered a win against LOSC Lille Métropole in away games against them for the last 2 league games.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 23/05/2015 tells us that Lille have won 3 of these games and Metz 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
An aggregate of 19 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 12 for LOSC and 7 being from Les Grenats. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.17.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was Ligue 1 match day 13 on 09/11/2019 when the final score was Lille 0-0 FC Metz.
In that game, Lille had 69% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target.
FC Metz had 4 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Florent Batta.
Team News: Lille
Lille manager Christophe Galtier does not have any fitness concerns at all coming into this match thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go.
It seems likely that LOSC could go for a 4-4-2 formation for this one with Mike Maignan, Domagoj Bradaric, Sven Botman, Jose Miguel Fonte, Zeki Celik, Jonathan Bamba, Yusuf Yazici, Benjamin Andre, Jonathan Ikoné, Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David.
Team News: Metz
Metz manager Vincent Hognon has to choose a team with limited availability. Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident) and Kévin N'Doram (Achilles tendon surgery) are not able to play.
We believe Les Grenats seem most likely to utilise a 4-3-3 lineup, starting Alexandre Oukidja, Fabien Centonze, Dylan Bronn, John Boye, Matthieu Udol, Victorien Angban, Habib Maïga, Vincent Pajot, Opa Nguette, Ibrahima Niane and Farid Boulaya.
In our opinion, Lille will, in all likelihood, be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
In contrast, Metz will be up against it to break down their defence although we do reckon that they could well end up pulling one back during this clash.
Accordingly, we see a 3-1 winning margin for Lille when the full-time whistle blows.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Pierre-Mauroy (50,186)
Captain: José Fonte
Chairman: Gérard Lopez
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 4
⭐ Star Player: Jonathan Bamba
Customarily used in the Right Wing position, Jonathan Bamba was born in Alfortville, France. Having played his first senior match for AS Saint-Etienne in the 2014 - 2015 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 2 appearances.