Metz were surprisingly courageous last round away at PSG (lost 3-0). Sure, they were dominated for most of the game, but they never hesitated to attack and even created problems for the champions.
The players involved in the attacking phase are the most important in the squad, but all of them are newly arrived and at the moment not all passes find the recipients.
Erding, NGuette, Cohade and Jouffre are highly skilled players and can easily keep Metz outside the red zone.
They have a decent defense, only the support from central midfielders is a bit disappointing. Once that problem will be solved Metz should start keeping clean sheets.
Another poor display from Angers last week on home ground against Nice (lost 1-0). Angers conceded early and couldn’t find the power to get back in the game. Their attempts were far from convincing and the mild domination in midfield was of no help.
Newly arrived forwards Toko Ekambi and Diedhiou are yet to adapt to the Ligue 1 rythm and build playing relations with forward Sunu and key midfielder NDoye.
Central midfielder Bourillon played his first game for Angers, but had a disappointing performance, with many missed interventions and failed passes. Most probably he will once again start in the lineup since Mangani is still injured.
Guests should once again miss keeper Letellier due to injury.
Although only two rounds passed, it is clear that Metz are way more lively and resourceful. Angers may be more determined trying to win their first points this season, but that could do more harm rather than good. METZ -0.25 at 2.20
UPDATE: Bad news for hosts as they will miss important winger Jouffre.
Metz: Didillon, Oberhauser – Assou-Ekoto, Balliu, Falette, Milan, Signorino, Rivierez – Cohade, Doukouré, Hein, Mandjeck, Mollet, Nguette, Sarr, Thill – Diallo, Erding.
Angers: Mandréa, Michel – Andreu, Bourillon, Manceau, Martinez, Pavlovic, Thomas, Traoré – Capelle, Mangani, Ndoye, Santamaria – Diedhiou, Ketkeophomphone, Pepe, Sunu, Toko Ekambi.