Metz are relegated for a couple of weeks already and have failed to score in the last 3 rounds.
Last week they lost away at Monaco 2-0 but an improvement was visible in their performance. Coach Cartier made a few changes (maybe he is already preparing for next season) and started with keeper Oberhauser, defensive midfielder Doukoure and attacking midfielders Ikaunieks and Ben Youssef. All of them played only a few games this season and are prone to extra efforts.
We may see a different Metz this round since this is a “goodbye Ligue1” game for them. Fans may give them wings and this could turn out to be one of the best games of the season for Metz.
When Lille realized they don’t have any chances to qualify for Europa League they instantly reduced efforts and entered the field only because it was an obligation to do so.
In defense they are slower than ever and don’t bother running after opponents and even good positioning is a thing of the past for Lille’s defenders. They simply stand there like training cones waiting for opponents to do their game.
In midfield they hold possession but mostly moved the ball around without creating real scoring opportunities.
Guests will welcome back midfielder Gueye after suspension.
The 3 points mean absolutely nothing in this game and only Metz have a decent level of motivation since this is their last Ligue1 game. Neither side is in good form but it seems hosts are the ones who have been slowly picking up rythm while Lille suddenly dropped all form. Metz +0.25 at 1.94
UPDATE: Lille have only 14 players available for the trip to Metz. Central defender Kjaer is out injured.
Metz: Oberhauser, J.Carrasso – Bussmann, Choplin, Métanire, Philipps, Palomino – Doukouré, Ikaunieks, Lejeune, F.Malouda, N’Daw, Krivets, B.Sarr, Sassi – Ben Youssef, Maïga, Falcon
Lille: Enyeama, Elana – Basa, D.Sidibé, Corchia, Rozehnal – I.Gueye, Mavuba, Balmont, Delaplace, S.Meïté, Boufal – Roux, Origi