Metz vs St Etienne Predictions

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Draw 1-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Metz have won each of their last two matches by 1-0 scorelines and beat Saint-Étienne when they last met in September.
  • Saint-Étienne have won four of their last six away matches and enter this match on a three game winning streak.
  • Metz have lost just one of their last seven league games at home.

Metz picking up momentum

Metz currently sit five points above the drop zone in 16th place but there is still a lot of work to be done if they want to remain in the division in their first year back up. Les Graoullys had a poor end to 2019 but have started 2020 on a clean slate with two important victories boosting the mood of everyone at the club. Last week they managed to follow up their 1-0 beating of Strasbourg with an extremely impressive 1-0 win away to Reims. Neither victory was overly pretty but manager Vincent Oignon won’t be complaining about the six points. 

They haven’t been lauded for their defensive efforts this season but these wins brought Metz their first consecutive clean sheets of the campaign and this will be something they’ll be aiming to build on here. Les Graoullys will be the home side for this one and that could prove pivotal as the Stade Saint-Symphorien has been where they’ve played their best football with 13 of their 23 points being won there. 

They’ve lost just one of their last seven league games there with impressive results against Nantes (1-0), Marseille (1-1) and Montpellier coming along the way (2-2). However, these two recent victories are their only wins since October so Metz shouldn’t think they’re out of the jungle just yet.

Saint-Étienne relying on Saliba

Arsenal loanee William Saliba has had much of his season hampered by injuries to his hamstring and metatarsal but when he has played, Saint-Étienne have thrived. He has featured in just five Ligue 1 games so far but Sainté have kept clean sheets in four of these games, which is quite impressive considering that les Verts have kept just one clean sheet without Saliba this season. He returned to the squad for the first time since the start of November last week and, you guessed it, Sainté beat Monaco 1-0 with a clean sheet.

The 18-year-old will be a great presence for Sainté here and with them entering this match on a run of three wins they should be pretty confident. The quality of the opponents in these victories hasn’t been overly high though so they should still have their reservations as victories over Nîmes (19th in Ligue 1) and Paris (19th in Ligue 2) aren’t hard to come by.

A tight clash between these sides neck-and-neck in Ligue 1?

These teams have both been winning matches recently but they are separated by just one place in the table so we could be in for quite a tight fixture. The last clash between these sides ended 1-0 to Metz but it was a very close game and we’re expecting another here. The two teams are picking up momentum and with Metz solid at home plus Sainté winning four of their last six away games, we see this one finishing 1-1. Sainté will be boosted by Saliba but Metz have netted in eight of their last nine home games so we see this ending a draw. 

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