Disappointing result from Monaco last week away at Marseille as they managed to blew a 80 minutes lead in only 10 minutes (lost 2-1).
Monaco are still primary candidates for the 3rd position that will assure a presence in Champions League but Marseille and St Etienne are breathing down their necks. Hopefully for Monaco they have a somewhat relaxed end of the season against opponents that can be cornered without much efforts.
Berbatov and Toulalan returned from injury last week but only Berbatov played for about 5 minutes. If their condition improves we may see them in the lineup this round.
Central defender Abdennour suffered an injury and is doubtful.
Metz’s coach Cartier is already trying to put together a squad for next season and last round gave a change to Tunisian forward Ben Youssef who was transferred-in this winter but was mostly a bench warmer.
Metz’s performance last week (lost 4-0) is living proof this season is over for them and nobody feels like playing football anymore. Instead of running they simply walk around like tourists on promenade. Even keeper Mfa Mezui (Carrasso’s replacement) moves in slow motion and he tries to make the save only after the ball entered the net.
Since they don’t have anything to lose, and regulars seem to be exhausted, we may see more changes in guests’ lineup.
This should be a one sided encounter with Monaco pushing hard from the 1st whistle in order to assure their presence in Europe next season. Monaco -2 at 2.10
UPDATE: Hosts’ forward Dirar will return from injury. Metz will miss keeper Mfa, defender Choplin and winger Ngabakoto but welcome back forwards Falcon and Krivets
Monaco: Stekelenburg, Subasic – R.Carvalho, Echiejile, Fabinho, Kurzawa, Raggi, Wallace – Bakayoko, Carrasco, Dirar, Kondogbia, Moutinho, Ber.Silva, Toulalan – Berbatov, Germain, A.Martial, M.Carvalho
Metz: Oberhauser, J.Carrasso – Bussmann, Métanire, Philipps, Palomino – Doukouré, Ikaunieks, Kashi, Lejeune, F.Malouda, N’Daw, Krivets, B.Sarr, Sassi – Ben Youssef, Maïga, Falcon