The Ligue 1 meeting at Stade Raymond-Kopa on Sunday will see hosts Angers SCO take to the field against opponents Metz.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Angers SCO v Metz, scroll down (inc. the best betting odds).
Angers SCO won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 6-1 Ligue 1 losing effort in their last game against Paris Saint-Germain.
In that match, Angers SCO managed 43% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Angers SCO was Ismaël Traoré (52'). On the other side, Paris Saint-Germain got 18 attempts at goal with 12 on target. Alessandro Florenzi (7'), Neymar Jr (36', 47'), Julian Draxler (57'), Idrissa Gueye (71') and Kylian Mbappé (84') scored for Paris Saint-Germain.
Fixtures featuring Angers SCO have proved to be lively encounters lately with a lot of goalmouth action being a real hallmark. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, a total of 21 goals have gone in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 7 of those coming from Les Scoïstes. Previous results aside, time will tell whether that trend will be sustained in this upcoming match.
Their previous form shows that Angers SCO:
haven’t lost in the league to FC Metz in their previous 2 games.
are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches at home.
Metz head into the match after a 3-1 Ligue 1 win with the downing of FC Lorient in their last fixture.
In that match, FC Metz had 57% possession and 16 shots at goal with 8 on target. The only player to score for FC Metz was Ibrahima Niane (44', 59', 64'). At the other end, FC Lorient got 10 shots on goal with 4 on target. Pierre-Yves Hamel (36') scored for FC Lorient.
The stats don’t lie, and Metz have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 6 goals in all. In defence, Les Grenats have clearly had some problems.
Going into this contest, FC Metz have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 29/03/2014 shows that Angers SCO have won 3 of these games & Metz 2, with the tally of drawn games standing at 1.
An aggregate of 16 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 9 from Les Scoïstes and 7 created by Les Grenats. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.67.
Team News: Angers SCO
Angers SCO manager Stéphane Moulin will be thankful to have no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match thanks to a fully healthy group to choose from.
Team News: Metz
Metz manager Vincent Hognon has multiple availability issues to deal with. Kévin N'Doram (Achilles tendon surgery), Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident) and Vagner (Ankle Injury) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Metz have it within them to find the net against this Angers SCO team, however it isn’t expected to be enough to avoid a loss.
We think that it’s going to be a close game with a 2-1 winning margin for Angers SCO by the conclusion of the game. Could easily see this go either way.
What are the top odds for the game?
Looking at the bookies’ prices on the 90 minute result market, victory for Angers SCO is best priced at 2.136, going for a drawn result is 3.4 & taking a punt on victory for Metz can get you 3.75. They are the top bets being offered as of now.