Preview - Metz vs Marseille - 14 December 19

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Match Day 18
Metz vs. Marseille
Sunday, December 15th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Saint-Symphorien

Last five matches form: D D D L L
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 1.47
Top Scorer: Habibou Diallo (9)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match:
Average goals against per match:
Top Scorer: Darío Benedetto (6)

Heading into the current Ligue 1 season, most would have been surprised were this not to turn into yet another procession for the current giants of the French game, PSG.

Whilst that may still ultimately turn out to be the case, there are a couple of sides threatening to at least make a decent fist of it. Topping the bill in that regard are Marseille, who this week head to Metz - who lying third bottom and in relegation peril - need the points for their own very different reasons.

These sides last met in the league in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 season. Not too surprisingly it was all Marseille that season, with Les Olympians winning this one 3-0 and coming out on top 6-3 in the reverse fixture.

Metz have generally been pretty dire so far this season, but have at least been performing respectably at home of late - losing only one of their past five in front of their own fans in Ligue 1. Having held Toulouse, Montpellier and Reims to a draw and beaten Nantes in that sequence, they aren't without hope of getting something from the game.

Marseille are the form side in the league at present though and arrive here seeking a seventh win on the spin, with the motivation of closing PSG's lead to just two points… at least temporarily.

Marseille really seem to be finding their stride under Andre Villas Boas now, and having kept back to back clean sheets in winning each of their last two on the road, they are fancied to come out on top against their lowly hosts.

Prediction: Metz 1 - 3 Marseille


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 6 - 16
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 1 - 7
Possession: 32% - 68%

Habib Maiga, John Boye, Matthieu Udol and Mamadou Fofana were all booked for the home side, with referee Willy Delajod also taking the name of Bouna Sarr of Marseille.

Not too surprising given the respective league positions and recent form of these sides, but it was Marseille who were the dominant side on the day, at least in terms of the stats. Well on top in terms of possession and total attempts, they nevertheless couldn't make it tell on the scoresheet, having to come from behind, and survive a missed penalty, in order to salvage a point in the end.

It had in truth been pretty even in the opening stages, with both sides being largely restricted to efforts from range. Metz also going close when a 40-yard lobbed back-pass from Dmitri Payet somewhat predictably caused chaos.

The home side then took the lead with five minutes to play in the first half. Fabien Centonze doing well to find space and whip in a low ball from the right; Opa Nguette getting across his marker at the near post to guide home into the right-hand side from six yards. 1-0 at the break.

The hosts then had the chance to double their advantage six minutes into the second half when awarded a penalty kick. Substitute keeper Yohann Pele was the hero on this occasion though - getting down well to his right-hand side to pull off an excellent one-handed stop to deny Habib Diallo.

Chances were coming and going for Marseille after that, but they finally did grab their equaliser with twenty minutes to play. Valere Germain slipped in down the right and cutting the ball back from towards the by-line. Nemanja Radonjic arriving just to the right of the penalty spot to fire home into the left-hand side.

1-1   final score.

An away point can perhaps never really be viewed as a total disaster, but this does undoubtedly have the feel of a missed opportunity for Marseille. They stay second and four points behind PSG, but the league leaders do have two games in hand. Definitely a much better result for Metz. They remain third bottom and so in the relegation zone, but are now only a solitary point adrift of safety.

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