Preview - Metz vs Lyon 09 April 2018

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Match Day 32
Metz vs Lyon
Monday, April 9th, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien

Last five matches form: D D L D D
Average goals per match: 0.94
Average goals against per match: 1.87
Top Scorer: Nolan Roux (12)

Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.06
Average goals against per match: 1.16
Top Scorer: Nabil Fekir and Mariano (12)

Seven points adrift of even the relegation playoff position with just seven games remaining, Metz's cause looks al but hopeless and is unlikely to be improved by the visit of Champions League chasing - and in form - Lyon.

With three players definitely out, doubts about a further four and Vahid Selimovic suspended, Metz's already thin squad will be stretched to the limit here.

Lyon welcome back Mariano to lead the line but continue to be without Nabil Fekir. Maxwell Cornet came off injured last week and won't be ready in time for this.

Nabil Fekir is undoubtedly a miss for Lyon having registered an impressive 16 goals and 6 assists so far this season. Goal getter Mariano makes a welcome comeback though and in Memphis Depay Lyon possess one of Ligue 1's most in form players at present.

Lyon have been pretty good away from home this season, winning nine of their 16 away trips in Ligue 1 to date and simply look a class above this opposition in all areas of the pitch. Having gone to big Champions League rivals, Marseille, and won, in their most recent road game, we don't see them coming unstuck against the basement boys here.

No side has scored as many away goals as Lyon this season - and that includes PSG - and we expect them to add further to their tally here in what should be a comfortable away win.

Prediction: Metz 0 - 3 Lyon


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 5
Shots: 10 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 5 - 2
Possession: 43% - 57%

Two bookings here, both for Metz, with referee Antony Gautier showing the yellow card to Florent Mollet and Moussa Niakhate.

Conceding in the very first minute, Metz were never really in this game. Purely on the stats though they were perhaps a little unlucky to lose as heavily as they did. Lyon only registered a total of six shots on target, five of which went in. For Metz that stat was zero goals from five shots on target.

As mentioned, Lyon's opener came almost immediately. Applying the pressure straight from the off, a long range Memphis Depay effort could only be palmed behind for a corner by Eiji Kawashima. When Depay swung the resultant corner in from the right, it was Marcelo who got his head to it to give the visitors the lead.

Fast forward twenty minutes and it was time for a little Déjà vu. Depay wins a corner, swings the ball in and Marcelo rises highest to head home. 2-0. And that's the way it stayed until the break.

Having provided two assists, Depay himself got on the score sheet in the 65th minute. Nicely played in by Tanguy Ndombele Alvaro, Depay made no mistake to make it 3-0 to Lyon.

More excellence from Depay just three minutes later. His run into the box causing havoc in the Metz defence before laying the ball off for Bertrand Traore to side foot home.

Still time for one more and yet another assist for the unstoppable Depay. This time the Dutchman played Mariano through on goal to excellently lob the keeper. Rout complete. 0-5 final score.

Lyon move up into the Champions Leagues spots with Marseille failing to win the late game. In this sort of form they may well be there to stay. Metz remain rock bottom and surely doomed.

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