St Etienne will visit Stade Saint-Symphorien on Sunday for the Ligue 1 game with home side Metz.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Metz v St Etienne game including the latest game odds.
Metz prepare for this game after a 1-1 Ligue 1 drawn result against Angers SCO.
In that match, FC Metz managed 54% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for FC Metz was Opa Nguette (39'). Angers SCO had 7 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Thomas Mangani (38') scored for Angers SCO.
It’s been seldom in recent games where FC Metz have shown defensive steel. In fact, Les Grenats have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 6 goals during that time. That pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this game, however.
Leading up to this clash, FC Metz:
haven’t been beaten in the league by St Etienne in their last 3 matches.
are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches at home.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Nice in Ligue 1 competition, St Etienne will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, St Etienne had 45% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for St Etienne was Adil Aouchiche (57'). OGC Nice had 11 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Pierre Lees-Melou (8'), Amine Gouiri (30') and Myziane Maolida (91') scored for Nice.
Throughout their six most recent matches, Claude Puel’s St Etienne have slotted home a total of 7 times – giving them the goals scored per game average of 1.17.
Leading up to this clash, St Etienne:
have not beaten FC Metz when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 matches in the league.
haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league games.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 06/11/2016 shows us that Metz have won 3 of these & St Etienne 1, with the number of drawn matches being 2.
16 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 10 of them from Les Grenats and 6 created by Les Verts. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
Team News: Metz
Manuel Cabit (Traffic Accident), Ibrahima Niane (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Kévin N'Doram (Achilles tendon surgery) and Vagner (Ankle Injury) will not be able to play for Metz gaffer Vincent Hognon.
Team News: St Etienne
Due to a completely healthy group to choose from, St Etienne manager Claude Puel doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match.
We’re envisaging that St Etienne could well find it tough to find the net against this Metz team who we think will be able to grind out a win.
That’s why we have predicted a very even contest with a 1-0 advantage for Metz at the end of this game.
Should be a close one.
What are the top odds for the game?
Regarding the latest bookmaker odds on the 90 minute result market, putting your money on Metz can be had for 2.405, a bet on a draw is 3.4 and taking a punt on victory for St Etienne gets you 3.104. Those are the best of the prices being offered at present.