Metz take on visiting rivals Reims at Stade Saint-Symphorien in the Ligue 1 fixture on Sunday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Metz v Reims can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Metz will be looking for an improved result here following the 1-0 Ligue 1 loss in their previous game against Paris Saint-Germain.
In that match, FC Metz had 28% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target. On the other side, Paris Saint-Germain had 20 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. Julian Draxler (93') scored for Paris Saint-Germain.
Under three goals per game were seen in 5 of the last 6 meetings where FC Metz have been participants. With regard to the goal split during this period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 6 and Les Grenats managed the sum of 3.
Going into this encounter, Metz are unbeaten in the league by Stade de Reims in their last 4 games.
Reims will go into the meeting after a 0-1 Europa League Qualifiers win with the downing of Servette FC in their previous outing.
Over the course of 5 of the past six clashes involving Reims, a comparatively low number of goals have been hit between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game in that spell comes out as a meagre 1.67, with the number of goals averaged by Les rouges et blancs standing at 0.83. We will have to see if that trend will end up being continued on here.
Ahead of this clash, Reims haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 28/10/2011 shows us that Metz have won 3 of them and Reims 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 2.
A sum of 10 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 6 of them for Les Grenats and 4 netted by Les rouges et blancs. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The last league encounter between these sides was Ligue 1 match day 21 on 25/01/2020 and the score finished Reims 0-1 FC Metz.
That day, Reims had 70% possession and 16 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
FC Metz had 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. Habib Diallo (3') was the scorer.
The referee was Jérémie Pignard.
Team News: Metz
Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident) and Kévin N'Doram (Achilles tendon surgery) won’t be able to feature for Metz gaffer Vincent Hognon.
It seems likely that Les Grenats will possibly line up in a 4-3-3 system this time, beginning the first half with Alexandre Oukidja, Matthieu Udol, Dylan Bronn, John Boye, Fabien Centonze, Victorien Angban, Mamadou Fofana, Vincent Pajot, Opa Nguette, Ibrahima Niane and Habib Maïga.
Team News: Reims
With a fully healthy group to choose from, Reims manager David Guion doesn’t have any fitness worries at all coming into this match.
From our viewpoint, Les rouges et blancs seem likely to make use of a 4-4-2 lineup, choosing Predrag Rajković, Thomas Foket, Dario Maresic, Yunis Abdelhamid, Ghislain Nclomande Konan, Mathieu Cafaro, Moreto Cassamá, Xavier Chavalerin, Arber Zeneli, Boulaye Dia and El Bilal Touré.
We believe that Reims and Metz should play out a closely-fought contest here.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes, with a good chance of a draw. We therefore think that it’s going to be a hard-fought 1-1 draw at the end of the 90.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien (24,985)
Chairman: Bernard Serin
Manager: Vincent Hognon
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 17