Metz took part in an exciting encounter in the Cup against Nice (finished 3-3). After only 20 minutes Metz were 3-0 up and decided to focus only on defending the lead.
The defensive power was a bit diminished as central defender Choplin was rested so Metz’s strategy failed. They were equalized in the final moments and were forced in extra time followed by penalties.
Don’t make the wrong idea, Metz aren’t that loose in defense, especially with Choplin in the lineup. Their central midfielders are used mostly for the defensive phase so they are able to efficiently close down play.
Upfront they rely mostly on wingers for creating actions and delivering balls for the lone striker. On the left side N’Gbakoto is very active and is one of their best players so far this season. On the right side Lejeune could return after being injured.
Caen were also involved in a 3-3 thriller in the Cup against Ligue2 side Clermont. Clermont’s job was eased by Caen’s coach decision to rest keeper Vercoutre and central defender Musavu-King.
Just like Metz, Caen aren’t that defensively fragile as the scoreline suggests. In-fact they rely mostly on counter attack tactics and this kind of strategy implies a solid and stable defense.
A reliable defense is not the only thing Caen and Metz have in common. Caen also concentrates on building up play mostly down the flanks. Thanks to the speed and ball control of players like Bazile or Nangis they are able to take advantage of the tinniest errors made by opponents.
Besides being a bit tired after playing for 120 minutes in the Cup both sides look very similar at the moment so there is a high possibility they will neutralize each-other. Looking at individual talents Caen seem to be in advantage but Metz compensates by playing at home.
UPDATE: Metz welcome back winger Lejeune but fullback Bussman will miss due to injury. Winger Koita will be back for Caen after injury.
Metz: M’Fa, J.Carrasso – Choplin, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Palomino, Rivierez – Doukouré, Kashi, Krivets, Lejeune, Malouda, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, B.Sarr, Sido – Maïga, Vion
Caen: Vercoutre, Perquis – Calvé, Da Silva, Musavu-King, Imorou, Al.Yahia, Appiah – Adéoti, Seube, N.Kanté, Féret, Saez – Nangis, Bazile, Raspentino, Duhamel, Koita