Coach Hinschberger tried to preserve some energy and used a mixed squad last round away at Monaco.
Fullbacks Ivan and Assou-Ekoto, midfielder Jouffre and forward Diabate started only on the bench. In the end it was a one sided encounter in which Metz didn’t make too many efforts (Monaco won 5-0).
Although they are still very close to the relegation zone, Metz considerably improved after the winter break.
Chemistry was always the biggest issue for Metz, but now with the arrival of striker Diabate, Metz can cheat their way inside the penalty box, as they do not need to thoroughly build up play.
Hosts will miss defender Milan and midfielders Jouffre, Lejeune and Doukoure. On the other hand they welcome back defenders Balliu and Bisevac.
Nantes finally got back on the right track after winning 3-2 against Marseille last round.
They were pretty convincing in the attacking phase and successfully took advantage of the mistakes opponents’ made. It was actually the first time this season Nantes managed to score 3 goals in a game (in Ligue 1).
The question is now if Nantes are able to build on that victory. Most probably they aren’t, because Marseille heavily underestimated them last round and the individual errors were unbelievable. It’s always easier to exploit opponents’ mistake, instead of applying constant pressure.
Hosts were pretty confident lately (well… except last round), and if they won’t make any individual errors then they have pretty good chances to win all points. METZ +0.25 at 1.86
See all the Ligue 1 Betting Tips for this round
Metz: Didillon, Kawashima – Rivierez, Bisevac, Falette, Signorino, Balliu, Assou-Ekotto – Mandjeck, Sarr, Philipps, Hein, Nguette, Cohade, Fallou, Mollet – Erding, Diabaté.