There are a few sides in Ligue1 who need the winter break more than anything else and Metz is one of them.
Their form is very poor with only 1 point won in the last 6 games. The actual display in the field is also really disappointing both in the offensive and defensive phase.
The midweek Cup game against Nantes illustrated perfectly how fragile Metz are, both on the pitch and morale-wise. At one point Metz were leading 2-0 but ended up losing 4-2 after extra-time. Players are now exhausted, low on confidence and furthermore will miss fullback Bussmann who got a red card.
Monaco were also involved in an exhausting encounter in the Cup against Lyon, but even if the game was decided only at penalties Monaco is the kind of team that knows how to preserve energy. They let the opponent take initiative and mostly focused on disrupting actions in their initial stage.
Recently Monaco’s confidence skyrocketed after qualifying to the next stage in Champions League and in the French Cup and also after winning 3 consecutive Ligue1 games.
Striker Berbatov is still out injured but this is no reason to worry as wingers Dirar and Carrasco and forward Germain are now more involved in the game and make the best of their skills.
In defense Monaco still miss Carvalho and Kurzawa but they are more stable than ever and opponents need to bring many players upfront in order to open them up.
Form, confidence and capabilities point clearly towards an away win. Monaco -0.5 at 2.16
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Metz: M’Fa, Oberhauser – Marchal, Métanire, Palomino, Rivierez, Choplin – Kashi, Doukouré, Krivets, Ngbakoto, Malouda, N’Daw, Lejeune, B.Sarr – Falcon, Andrada, Vion
Monaco: Caillard, Stekelenburg, Subasic – Abdennour, Ab.Diallo, Fabinho, Raggi, Wallace – Bahamboula, Bakayoko, Dirar, Ferreira Carrasco, Moutinho, Ocampos, Ber.Silva, Toulalan – Germain, A.Martial, L.Traoré