For a newcomer in Ligue1 Metz got a huge point away at Lille last round (drew 0-0).
They started the game in 4-2-3-1, realized there are too many open spaces, switched to 4-5-1 and ended up playing 4-6-0… Metz sacrificed the offense with the purpose of killing the game early and getting the draw. The goal was achieved but only defending won’t assure their survival in Ligue1, they need at least to try and score goals…
There was no single moment when Metz looked like they are at least willing to apply pressure. Even at corners most of their players were in own half.
For hosts central defender Marchal is doubtful due to injury.
Although Nantes won 1-0 in the 1st round against Lens they were far from impressive. There were a couple of short periods in the game when Nantes seemed in control and determined to make the most of their skills. A couple of actions created through short and fast passes were the most interesting part of the game.
Otherwise the chances created by Nantes were shy to say the least.
It is reported that Nantes received a couple of transfer offers for key central defender Djilobodji but all of them were rejected. This may affect his morale, but until that happens he should fully recover after injury.
Nantes should use the same squad as last round, as there are no news regarding the injuries of Djidji and Gomis.
There is no doubt both sides will adopt defensive strategies and in these conditions keepers will need to bring their smartphones and watch highlights from other games in order to get some action…
UPDATE: Metz welcome back midfielder Lejeune, while for Nantes defender Djilobodji and striker Schechter will return.
Metz: J.Carrasso, M’Fa – Bussmann, Choplin, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Palomino – Ch.Doukouré, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, Philipps, Rocchi, B.Sarr, Sido, Lejeune – Falcon, M.Gueye
Nantes: Badri, Dupé – Alhadhur, Djilobodji, I.Cissokho, Hansen, Vizcarrondo, Veigneau – Veretout, B.Touré, Deaux, Bessat, Bedoya – Aristeguieta, Audel, Bammou, Gakpé, Schechter