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RC Lens host visiting team Metz at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in this Ligue 1 game on Saturday.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for RC Lens v FC Metz, scroll down (plus the best game odds).
RC Lens will be wanting a better result here after a 3-0 Ligue 1 loss in their previous game against Monaco.
In that game, RC Lens managed 48% possession and 12 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Monaco had 11 shots at goal with 6 on target. Wilfried Singo (24'), Aleksandr Golovin (36') and Guillermo Maripán (59') scored for Monaco.
Three or more goals per game were seen in 5 of the past 6 fixtures where RC Lens have participated. Opposing sides scored 11 of them in these games whereas RC Lens managed a tally of 10. We shall soon see whether or not that trend can be sustained into this next match.
A look at their previous results shows us that RC Lens:
- haven't lost in the league to FC Metz in their previous 3 games.
- have not been beaten in their last 9 league matches at home. A very good run at home.
Previously, Metz drew 2-2 in the Ligue 1 tie with Reims.
In that match, FC Metz managed 36% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 4 on target. For FC Metz, the goalscorers were Cheick Tidiane Sabaly (6') and Ablie Jallow (63'). For their opponents, Reims got 12 shots at goal with 2 on target. Oumar Diakité (17') and Teddy Teuma (52') scored for Reims.
Indicating their partiality to productive matches, we’ve had goals 21 times in the last 6 games in which FC Metz have taken to the pitch, yielding a mean average of 3.5 goals for each meeting. Their opponents have hit 11 from this total.
Going into this one, FC Metz have left without a victory over RC Lens when having played them away from home in the previous 6 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 01/09/2018 shows that RC Lens have won 1 of these & Metz 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
A combined total of 13 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 6 of them from Les Artésiens and 7 being from Les Grenats. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
The previous league meeting between these sides was Ligue 1 match day 28 on 13/03/2022 when it finished FC Metz 0-0 RC Lens.
That day, FC Metz had 49% possession and 6 shots on goal with 3 on target.
RC Lens got 11 shots on goal with 0 of them on target.
The referee was Amaury Delerue.
Team News: RC Lens
There is just one fitness concern for the RC Lens boss Franck Haise to contend with from an otherwise fully-primed group. Jimmy Cabot (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) is sidelined.
In all likelihood, Les Artésiens look set to use a 3-4-3 formation in the match, handing starts to Brice Samba, Jonathan Gradit, Kevin Danso, Massadio Haidara, Ruben Aguilar, Salis Abdul Samed, Abdukodir Khusanov, Florian Sotoca, Adrien Thomasson, Elye Wahi and Angelo Fulgini.
Team News: Metz
With a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, the Metz manager László Bölöni has no fitness concerns to report ahead of this clash. Abou Lo cannot play in this game through suspension.
We reckon that Les Grenats might utilise a 4-2-3-1 lineup, starting the game with Alexandre Oukidja, Koffi Kouao, Kevin N'Doram, Fali Cande, Matthieu Udol, Danley Jean Jacques, Habib Maiga, Joel Asoro, Ablie Jallow, Cheikh Sabaly and Simon Elisor.
We feel that in this game, RC Lens will most probably be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
Conversely, FC Metz could well struggle to get shooting opportunities - but, we do see them hitting back at some stage.
We’re tipping a 3-1 victory for RC Lens at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis (38,223)
Captain: Brice Samba
Chairman: Joseph Oughourlian
Manager: Franck Haise
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 17, Champions League (Group B)