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The Ligue 1 fixture at Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday sees home team Metz take on Rennes.
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Metz will be hoping for a better result after a 3-2 Ligue 1 defeat last time out to Angers SCO.
In that game, FC Metz managed 42% possession and 2 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. For FC Metz, the goals were scored by Dylan Bronn (10') and Farid Boulaya (58'). At the other end, Angers SCO got 18 shots on goal with 5 on target. Mohamed-Ali Cho (53'), Thomas Mangani (66') and Stéphane Bahoken (93') scored for Angers SCO.
It has not been often in recent times that FC Metz have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that FC Metz have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 13 goals on the way. We will see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Leading up to this clash, FC Metz:
- have not registered a win against Rennes in their last 3 league matches.
- have not won at home in their last 12 league games. Something needs to change.
Rennes come into this encounter following a 2-0 Ligue 1 win with the downing of Paris Saint-Germain in their last outing.
In that game, Rennes had 33% possession and 12 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. For Rennes, the goals were scored by Gaëtan Laborde (45') and Flavien Tait (46'). At the other end, Paris Saint-Germain got 13 shots at goal with 0 on target.
During their six latest matches, Bruno Génésio's Rennes have seen their efforts on goal rewarded 13 times thus yielding them a goals scored per game average of 2.17.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Rennes:
- remain unbeaten by FC Metz when they have played them away from home in the previous 9 league games. What an away run they have had against them.
- are without a win away from home in their last 6 league games.
Head to head
Looking over their past head-to-head meetings going back to 04/03/2017 tells us that Metz have won 1 of these & Rennes 3, with the number of drawn games standing at 2.
In all, 13 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 5 of them from Les Grenats and 8 coming from Rennes. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
The last league meeting featuring these clubs was Ligue 1 match day 30 on 20/03/2021 which finished with the scoreline of FC Metz 1-3 Rennes.
That time, FC Metz managed 52% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Papa Ndiaga Yade (90').
On the other side, Rennes had 9 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Jérémy Doku (18'), Martin Terrier (38') and Serhou Guirassy (88') scored.
The referee was Willy Delajod.
Team News: Metz
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just one fitness concern for the Metz gaffer Frédéric Antonetti to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident) is sidelined.
Team News: Rennes
Rennes boss Bruno Génésio has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Jérémy Doku (Knee Injury) and Jérémy Gélin (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) miss out here.
We believe that FC Metz are likely to breach the defence of this Rennes lineup, although just one goal probably shouldn’t be enough to avoid defeat.
We therefore reckon that it will be a narrow 1-2 winning margin for Rennes when the referee blows the final whistle. Should be a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien (28,000)
Captain: Dylan Bronn
Chairman: Bernard Serin
Manager: Frédéric Antonetti
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 18