Metz were mildly dominated last week away at Bordeaux and the final result is fully justified (Bordeaux won 2-0).
Veteran midfielders Jouffre and Cohade were once again Metz’s most active players. Nowadays they are very slow, and it’s not difficult to guess their intentions and stop actions from incipient stages. That is why forwards Roux barely touched the ball last week, in-spite Metz holding possession in midfield. Young winger N’Guette is more energetic, but at the moment he appears to be out-of-form.
Monaco were very efficient last week away at Dijon. Although opponents created plenty of opportunities, Monaco easily won all points in the end (finished 4-1). Forward Falcao scored a hat-trick and defender Jemerson also found the net again.
Set pieces play a big role in Monaco’s strategy, and most probably solid defenders Glik and Jemerson will score many goals this season.
Things are looking pretty good at Monaco and all players appear to be in good form. As you probably know by now, Mbappe is pretty close to a transfer at PSG, but that is no reason to stop trusting Monaco. Mbappe was left outside the group this round.
Metz can be easily surprised in defense and they will have a hard time against one of the most efficient attack in Ligue1. Monaco -1.5 at 1.92
Metz: Didillon, Kawashima – Assou-Ekotto, Niakhaté, Diagne, Rivierez, Udol, Balliu – M.Cafu, Philipps, Poblete, Jouffre, Coahde, Mollet, Hein, Jallow – Roux, Niane
Monaco: Subasic, Benaglio – Glik, Jemerson, Jorge, Sidibé, Touré, Kongolo – Fabinho, Lemar, Meïté, Moutinho, Lopes, Tielemans – Carrillo, Diakhaby, Falcao, Ghezzal, Sylla