Metz got a good result from their visit to Reims last week (finished 0-0). Metz even had a couple of important scoring opportunities but failed to find the net.
Metz are simply toothless upfront and coach Cartier doesn’t even bother finding any solutions. The players waiting on the bench are at the same Ligue2 level as regulars so there is no point in making any changes.
In-spite them getting closer and closer to Ligue2 Metz show good organizational skills but not being able to hold possession in midfield has severe consequences on the defensive phase.
Metz may welcome back winger Malouda after injury but at 34 and out-of-form he won’t be much of an addition.
Evian’s game last round got postponed due to heavy snow. This may have been good news for Evian as they need time in order to increase the chemistry level.
Evian transferred-in 2 offensive minded players who quickly became exponential, striker Duhamel and winger Sunu. Coach Dupraz made room for them in the lineup from the first round but the overall chemistry decreased. Both of them are talented players and there is no doubt they can help Evian escape the relegation zone but at first they need to be able to achieve full potential in a well glued group. This is why the postponed game may actually give Evian wings.
Metz may be a bit more daring seeing they will be up against a direct competitor in the fight to avoid relegation, but Evian can resist to cripple offensive attempts and in the same time strike deadly on counters thanks to their new recruits. Evian +0.25 at 2.07
UPDATE: Metz welcome back midfielder N’Daw after suspension. Evian will once again miss midfielder Wass due to suspension
Metz: Carrasso, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Palomino, Rivierez – Doukouré, Krivets, Lejeune, N’Daw, Philipps, B.Sarr, Sassi – Falcon, Maïga, Nsor
Evian: Leroy, Hansen – Abdallah, Fall, Cambon, Nounkeu, Jon.Mensah, Mongongu, Sabaly – D.Koné, Tejeda, Thomasson, Barbosa – Sunu, Sougou, Nsikulu, Ramirez, Duhamel