Metz are usually defensive minded and rarely adventure upfront but last round away at Lyon they were more focused than ever on the defensive aspect.
They got a red card early in the game and started defending on 3 lines afterwards… Lyon still won 2-0 but Metz are still worthy of praise since they conceded only twice against the most in-form Ligue1 side while playing in 10.
But Metz can’t continue in this rythm and they have to assume more responsibility, they have to start taking risks as Ligue2 is getting closer and closer…
Hosts will miss midfielder Malouda who suffered an injury last round and central defender Milan who is suspended.
At the moment Nice sit on 3 consecutive victories and it seems they managed to achieve full potential.
Each round a new player has an excellent performance and helps Nice get all points. Last week the one making the difference was midfielder Hult, not necessarily because he scored, but because he constantly pushed the game forward and inspired teammates through his attitude and playing style. We could even see Hult delivering impressive and efficient back-heel passes.
Guests will miss central defender Gomis through suspension. Considering that Bodmer is still out injured, Gomis’ absence can give some headaches since possible replacement Diawara is kind of slow nowadays (he is 36 years old after all…)
Nice have the upper hand here but Metz can be very organized and kind of annoying to play against. Remains to be seen if Metz will start taking more risks, attitude that implies leaving more open spaces for opponents.
UPDATE: Metz welcome back midfielder Rocchi after injury. Nice’s fullback Palun returned from the African CUp of Nations.
Metz: J.Carrasso, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Choplin, Marchal, Métanire, Palomino, Rivierez – Krivets, Ikaunieks, Lejeune, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, Rocchi, Philipps, B.Sarr – Falcon, Nsor –
Nice: Hassen, Pouplin – Amavi, Boscagli, So.Diawara, Genevois, Palun, G.Puel – Albert, Carlos Eduardo, Eysseric, Hult, N.Mendy – Bauthéac, Bosetti, B.Constant, Maupay, Thioub