Metz hosts Lille in round 32 of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Friday, April 9th at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien (Metz)
Metz failed the second half of March, losing two league matches and saying goodbye to the cup. The team managed to achieve the last victory in the 1/16 finals of the Coupe de France. On March 6, the Maroons hammered Valenciennes (4-0). In the championship, FC Metz tied with Lens (2-2) and lost to Rennes (1-3) and Monaco (0-4). And then the Maroons were eliminated from the Coupe de France by the same Monegasques (0-0 and 4-5 on penalties). Metz has suffered three defeats in a row and could not score in two games. Moreover, the team conceded at least two goals in three out of five matches.
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Lille continues to fight for the champion’s title. In the 31st round, the Great Danes defeated PSG (0-1) in a head-to-head meeting and broke away from the Parisians by three points. Let’s note that before the victory over the Parisians, Christophe Galtier's team had a bad period of three matches without victories. It started with a draw against Monaco in the Ligue 1 match (0-0), and then Lille was knocked out from the French Cup, losing to PSG (0-3). After that, the Great Danes again lost points in the championship, losing to Nimes (1-2). Interestingly, they failed to score in two of the last five matches. However, Lille failed to score in only one of the last ten away matches of the championship.
As for the head-to-head meetings between Metz and Lille, the advantage is on the side of the latter. The Great Danes won three of the last five matches, and another confrontation between the teams ended in a goalless draw. Metz won only once. Interestingly, only one team scored in four out of five cases. Lille gained four of its last five victories away. Beyond that, the team has not lost any of its last ten away matches in all competitions (two draws and eight victories). At the same time, the Maroons have lost their last three home games and won only two of the last ten. We think that Lille will manage to continue its away winning streak.
Prediction for the match: Lille to win