Last week it was the second consecutive round in which Caen lost because of an early red card. They have to stop being so aggressive otherwise all their efforts will be in vain.
Even if they played in 10 for two rounds in a row Caen were still powerful opponents and especially 2 weeks ago against Bordeaux they lost only because of an easily awarded penalty in extra time.
Midfielder Lemar suffered an injury and most probably will miss this round but there’s no reason to worry as Nangis fulfilled his suspension and will return to the lineup. Hosts will also miss suspended defender Da Silva.
Metz took everyone by surprise last round when they scored twice against St Etienne. Metz still lost the game (ended 3-2) but scoring 2 goals in a single game is quite an achievement for Metz…
Metz concentrated efforts mainly on the right side but they were very shy and seemed powerless most the time.
Central defender Palomino will return from suspension but that won’t improve by much the defensive strength and they will still be easily outplayed just like it happened in recent rounds.
Forward Maiga suffered an injury last round and at the moment he is doubtful for this encounter.
In theory Metz can still escape relegation but in practice it won’t happen. Considering that Metz have a Ligue2 attacking level Caen won’t have reasons to be aggressive anymore and should finish the game in 11. Metz are simply the perfect opponent for Caen to avenge recent results and get back on the right track. Caen -0.5 at 1.94
UPDATE: Guests will welcome back Palomino, Kashi and Ikaunieks
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Appiah, A.Yahia, Saad, Imorou – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Lemar, Féret – Benezet, Privat, Bazile, Sala, Koïta, Nangis
Metz: M’Fa, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Palomino, Rivierez – Sassi, Lejeune, F.Malouda, Philipps, Ikaunieks, Kashi – Andrada, Ngbakoto, B.Sarr, Maïga