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Nîmes will be visiting Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday for the Ligue 1 fixture with home team Metz.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Metz v Nîmes can be found here - plus the latest match odds.
Metz will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-5 Ligue 1 victory against Dijon.
In that match, FC Metz managed 56% possession and 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. For FC Metz, the goals were scored by Lamine Gueye (37'), Pape Matar Sarr (42'), Vagner Dias (82') and Dylan Bronn (85'). On the other side, Dijon FCO got 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Mama Baldé (48') and Fouad Chafik (70' Own goal) scored for Dijon.
Over their prior six fixtures, Frédéric Antonetti's FC Metz have managed to score 6 times, an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.
Looking at the pre-match facts, FC Metz:
- have not lost a league tie with Nîmes in their previous 3 games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 6 matches in the league. Their fans aren't happy.
In the game prior to this, Nîmes drew 2-2 in the Ligue 1 match with Reims.
In that match, Nîmes managed 50% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. For Nîmes, goals were scored by Renaud Ripart (47') and Moussa Koné (71'). On the other side, Stade de Reims got 12 shots at goal with 7 on target. Nathanaël Mbuku (30') and Alexis Flips (80') scored for Reims.
The stats tell the story, and Nîmes have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 9 goals in all. Defensively, Les Crocodiles could really do with shoring things up.
Coming into this meeting, Nîmes have not won away from home in their last 2 league games.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings dating back to 14/02/2014, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Metz winning 2 of those games, Nîmes 2 and 2 being draws after 90 minutes of play.
A combined sum of 12 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 6 of them from Les Grenats and 6 for Les Crocodiles. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
The last league meeting between these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 9 on 01/11/2020 which ended up with the score at Nîmes 0-1 FC Metz.
On that occasion, Nîmes had 66% possession and 16 shots on goal with 2 on target.
At the other end, FC Metz got 8 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Lamine Gueye (15') scored.
The match was refereed by Amaury Delerue.
Team News: Metz
Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident) and Warren Tchimbembé (Meniscal Injury) aren’t available for Metz gaffer Frédéric Antonetti.
Team News: Nîmes
Nîmes manager Pascal Plancque has not got a full squad to pick from. Clément Depres (Knee Surgery), Anthony Briancon (Muscle Injury) and Pablo Martinez (Knee Injury) won’t be making appearances.
We’re of the view that Nîmes and Metz could both find goals hard to come by here.
We’ll have to see, but a draw might be on the cards. We’re therefore tipping a tight encounter with a 0-0 scoreline by the conclusion of this game.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien (24,985)
Captain: John Boye
Chairman: Bernard Serin
Manager: Frédéric Antonetti
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 9
⭐ Star Player: Ibrahima Niane
Customarily deployed in the Striker position, Ibrahima Niane was born in M'Bour, Senegal. Having made a first senior appearance for FC Metz in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 6 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 8 appearances.