Although they lost 1-0 Metz were incredibly courageous last round away at Rennes. Opponents opened the score early in the game and afterwards Metz took charge, held more possession and had the best of chances.
Unfortunately they couldn’t find the net no matter how hard they pushed. In the offensive phase Metz are at Ligue2 level and it is no wonder they have scored only 20 goals so far (poorest record in the tournament).
Recently midfielders look very determined and set on making the most of the remaining time in Ligue1 but unfortunately Metz are highly deficient when trying to apply the finishing touch.
Keeper Carraso suffered an injury last week and most likely will sit out. Central defender Palomino will also miss due to suspension and most likely his place will be taken by Milan who was once a regular player.
St Etienne could impose the rythm last round only after opponents got a red card with about half an hour to go. Playing against 10 gave St Etienne wings… and in the end getting all the points was a formality (won 2-0 over Lorient)
19 years old Karamoko started in central defense, he made a decent game and most probably will be in the lineup until Sall will return from injury.
St Etienne is one of the most organized teams in Ligue1 with players constantly helping each-other and covering most spaces in the field. Only a miracle would help Metz find the net against a highly organized St Etienne. Upfront guests are at a mediocre level but Metz have been pretty adventurous lately and maybe will give away more open spaces. St Etienne -0.5 at 2.09
UPDATE: St Etienen will welcome back fullback Tabanou after injury
Metz: Mfa, Oberhauser – Bussmann, Marchal, Métanire, Milan, Rivierez – Doukouré, Krivets, Lejeune, Malouda, N’Daw, Ngbakoto, Philipps, Sarr, Sassi, Sido – Maïga
St Etienne: Ruffier, Valette – Théophile-Catherine, Perrin, Clerc, Karamoko, Tabanou – Clément, Corgnet, Nguemo, Lemoine, Madianga – Gradel, Erding, Mollo, Van Wolfswinkel, Hamouma, Monnet-Paquet