Striker Diabate is the most important player that left Metz during the summer. Defender Milan, midfielders Sarr and Mandjeck, and forward Erdinc also transferred-out. In exchange, they brought-in a couple of interesting players, like midfielder Poblete or forward Roux. They aren’t world class talents, but it may be enough for Metz to survive another season in Ligue1.
Metz got decent results in the friendlies played so far, and according to reports they have been very combative and determined. It seems they will be using a 4-5-1 system this season, a system that can easily transform into an offensive 4-3-3.
Guingamp lost a few powerful players and are yet to strengthen. Defenders Bodmer, Leveque, Lemaitre and Marcal left the squad, same as wingers Mendy and De Pauw.
Guingamp may have difficulties defending the flanks, as many of the players that left were active mostly down the wings.
Just like last season, Guingamp’s strength will once again be the attacking trio Salibur – Briand – Coco. While Briand is highly skilled and experienced, Salibur and Coco excel in speed.
Hosts will have to do without winger N’Guette.
Although it’s not a factor we can rely on, Metz’ results in friendlies are much more convincing. Hosts’ 4-3-3 system may allow them to exploit Guingamp’s vulnerabilities down the flanks. METZ DNB at 2.05
Metz : Didillon, Kawashima – Bisevac, Falette, Niakhaté, Balliu, Rivierez, Assou-Ekotto – Diagne, Poblete, Hein, Jouffre, Philipps, Cohade, Mollet – Roux, Niane, H.Diallo
Guingamp : Caillard, Johnsson – Sorbon, Kerbrat, Ikoko, Eboa Eboa, Rebocho – Phiri, Deaux, Giresse, Mo.Diallo, Blas – Achahbar, Coco, Salibur, Camara, Benezet, Thuram, Briand