Metz showed visible signs of tiredness last round and so they embraced the international break.
Last week away at Toulouse they were dominated for most of the game and barely had one decent opportunity (lost 3-0). The defensive fragility was very worrying as Metz aren’t exactly capable of holding prolonged possession so they need a solid defense most of all.
Central defenders Milan and Choplin are usually reliable players but last round they were slow and seemed to be exhausted. Metz are newcomers in Ligue1, they have a small squad and can’t really afford to rotate players so tiredness may have accumulated.
This international break was a gift from above for Metz as it allowed them to hit the refresh button.
Hosts will welcome back fullback Bussmann after injury.
PSG are sitting on four consecutive Ligue1 victories but still the actual performances in the field are way below expectations. This may have been due to Ibrahimovic’s injury that left a taste of inefficiency in the offensive phase.
Ibrahimovic returned last week and even scored for Sweden in the game played away at Montenegro.
Lately PSG relied heavily on winger Lucas for creating chances and even converting them. Thanks to his speed and ball control PSG were easily able to put opponents in difficulty. Last round against Marseille he was by far PSG’s most active player (PSG won 2-0)
But Lucas suffered a light injury and seeing that PSG have a Champions League game next week and that tournament is a priority for the Qatari owners most likely he won’t be risked. Midfielder Verratti is in the same situation as Lucas, while Matuidi is definitely out due to injury.
PSG won’t push that hard as they never do before Champions League games. They played four games so far in Champions League and every-time they took it lightly in Ligue1: 1-1 away at Rennes, 1-1 at Toulouse, won 3-1 at Lens after some refereeing mistakes and won 2-1 at Lorient after being down at half time. In all games mentioned PSG had disappointing performances.
Metz are yet to lose at home this season. Fresh after the international break and up against a side more concerned of avoiding injuries and preserving energy there are good chances for hosts to make a surprise. Metz +1 at 2.16
UPDATE: Besides fullbacks Bussmann Metz also welcomed back midfielder Rocchi and striker Falcon. Defender David Luiz, striker Bahebeck and fullback Aurier are also out for PSG.
Metz: Carrasso, M’Fa – Marchal, Choplin, Milan, Bussmann, Métanire, Palomino – Doukouré, Kashi, B.Sarr, Krivets, Ngbakoto, Malouda, N’Daw, Lejeune, Rocchi – Maiga, Falcon
PSG: Maignan, Sirigu – Camara, Digne, Marquinhos, Maxwell, Thiago Silva, Van der Wiel – Cabaye, Chantôme, Matuidi, Pastore, Rabiot, Thiago Motta – Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Augustin.