Metz are a very weird team as they go from one extreme to the other. Take last round for example when in the 1st half Metz were very courageous and confident, but in the second half they were like zombies, without energy and barely lifting their legs (ended up losing 3-0).
But overall Metz look way better than when the season started, they are more efficient upfront and it seems coach Cartier found the perfect formula with newly arrived Krivets in the attacking midfielder position.
The levels of organization also increased and sometimes (when they aren’t zombies) it seems like an impossible task to open up Metz.
Hosts will miss fullback Metanire and midfielder N’Daw due to suspension, while forward Falcon is highly doubtful as he suffered an injury in an international game. On the other hand Metz should welcome back keeper Carasso and winger Lejeune.
Rennes made one of their best games so far this season last round against Lens (won 2-0). Their performance was even better than against Evian when they scored 6 times (won 6-2 but most of the goals were gifts from opponents).
Last round Rennes were constant in efforts, looked confident for the entire 90 minutes and even when they gave away initiative Rennes were still in control.
Winger Ntep is simply amazing and there is no doubt his name will be heard for a long time on the international stage. Forward Toivonen had some disappointing performances lately and was only on the bench last round. Anyway he suffered an injury while playing for Sweden and is highly doubtful.
The other attacking players Grosicki and Doucoure are in decent form, they run a lot and showed increased playing appetite.
Rennes will welcome back central defender Armand after suspension. This is great news as replacement Diagne is hesitant and never in the right place.
This game has good potential of being very entertaining, even if there won’t be many goals in it. Determination could be the decisive factor here, as at the moment both sides seem capable of impressive performances.
Update: Hosts are without injured forward Falcon. Rennes will miss forward Toivonen but welcome back midfielder Andre
Metz: M’Fa, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Choplin, Milan, Palomino, Philipps, Rivierez – Krivets, C.Doukouré, Ngbakoto, Kashi, F.Malouda, Sarr, Sido – Vion, Andrada, Maïga
Rennes: Costil, Sorin – Armand, Danzé, Diagne, Mexer, S.Moreira, M’Bengue, B.André – P.Henrique, G.Fernandes, A.Doucouré, Pajot, Prcic – Ntep, Hosiner, Grosicki, Habibou