Preview - Metz vs PSG 31 August 19

Started by Harry85, Aug 30, 2019, 06:48 AM

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Match Day 4
Metz vs. PSG
Saturday, August 31st 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien

Last five matches form: L W D W L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.58
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.61
Top Scorer (18/19): Habibou Diallo (26)

Last five matches form: W L W L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.76
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.92
Top Scorer (18/19): Kylian Mbappé (33)

It's been a mixed bag for Metz so far on their return to Ligue, with a win, a draw and a defeat to show for their three games to date. They would likely be happy enough to maintain that level between now and the end of the season with survival being the main objective. Should they get anything at all out of this weekend's game though, it will have to be viewed as a bonus, as the visitors to the Stade Saint-Symphorien are defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The sides last locked horns in the league in the 17/18 season, and Metz will certainly be hoping to fare better than they did that year, with PSG thrashing them 5-0 at the Parc des Princes, and 5-1 in this game.

Metz are at least significantly better off when it comes to injuries and suspensions, with no reported absentees coming into the game. PSG meanwhile are without all three of the triple-threat frontline, with Neymar seemingly AWOL and Kylian MbappĂ© and Edinson Cavani injured.  Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Abdou Diallo also look set to miss out for the visitors.

PSG have won both of their home games so far, but did slump to a 2-1 defeat at Rennes and will be looking to avoid a similar slip up here.

Those injuries do undoubtedly even this up a little, but the likelihood is that it still won't be quite enough for Metz to get anything from the game.

Prediction: Metz 1 - 2 PSG


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  7 - 10
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 32% - 68%

Just the one booking at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, with Mamadou Fofana of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Frank Schneider.

As anticipated, this was a far from full-strength PSG outfit, particularly in the forward positions, as injuries and other issues took their toll. It didn't really make any difference in terms of the general pattern of play in this one though, or the result, as even an understrength PSG had more than enough on the night.

The opening goal arrived in the 11th minute, and Metz were architects of their own demise. Mamadou Fofana getting his timing all wrong as the ball was played in following a corner from the right and controlled by Marco Veratti. Fofana sending Veratti crashing to the turf and leaving the referee with little option but to point to the spot. Angel Di Maria stepping up to confidently convert into the right-hand side.

PSG came close to doubling their advantage soon after when Idrissa Gueye headed a corner into the ground and off the crossbar.

Two minutes before the break the hosts did have some breathing space. Marco Verratti playing in a freekick from deep on the right. Eric Maxim Choupo Moting finding space in the area to nod home into the left-hand side from around six yards out and slightly to the right. 0-2 at the break.

Not all that much in the way of clear-cut opportunities in the second half, although to their credit Metz didn't look overawed at all against the defending champions and did have a go. The chances they did have were only really coming via set-pieces though and they never really looked like getting back into it. 0-2 final score.

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