4 rounds to go and Metz are still 7 points away from another season in Ligue1. Metz didn’t have many chances in the midweek away game at PSG but still managed to find the net and didn’t look like relegation material (PSG won 3-1).
They have scored 8 goals in the last 4 rounds and are very confident, determined and prone to extra efforts.
Especially the offensive department is in excellent form with forward Maiga and winger Malouda extremely active in every game. Their good form allows Metz to successfully defend on two lines as there is no need for many players in the attacking phase.
Central defender Milan suffered an injury and most probably will sit out.
Recently Marseille’s defense has been performing really poor but nobody expected Marseille to be trashed on home ground (lost 5-3 to Lorient). All defenders made one of the worst games in their lives, including keeper Mandanda who couldn’t make a single decent save.
Marseile also had problems in the attacking phase, and 2 of their goals came following free-kicks and another one after a long ball thrown inside the penalty box.
A chaotic defense and inspiration at an all time low, this is Marseille nowadays.
Guests will have to do without injured fullback Dja Djedje.
All Ligue1 teams can score against Marseille in this moment, especially Metz who are confident and have attacking players Maiga and Malouda in good form. With low levels of inspiration guests will have major difficulties in opening up Metz who usually defend on 2 lines and don’t leave many open spaces. Metz +0.5 at 2.03
UPDATE: Guests will miss defenders Dja Djedje (injured) and Morel (suspended) and also winger Thauvin (left outside the squad)
Metz: Oberhauser, M’Fa – Bussmann, Choplin, Métanire, Philipps, Palomino – Doukouré, Ikaunieks, Kashi, Lejeune, Malouda, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, B.Sarr, Sassi – Ben Youssef, Maïga
Marseille: Mandanda, B.Samba – Aloé, Andonian, Fanni, Ben.Mendy, Nkoulou, Tuiloma – Alessandrini, Imbula, Mom.Bangoura, Lemina, Romao – Payet, A.Ayew, Batshuayi, Gignac, Ocampos