Metz vs Reims
France Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 22 August 2021
Kick-off 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stade Saint-Symphorien
Metz and Reims did not win in front of their head to head in the main battle in the third round of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Can any team record their victory on Sunday afternoon?
Metz surprised everyone with a confident display in the 3-3 draw with Lille dominating the opening day.
They could have taken the win easily, but Boubakar Kouyate’s red card made their task even harder at the time.
Anyway, Gameweek No 2 revealed that it could have been a negative display of Lille rather than a Metz hero.
Frederic Antonetti’s side had a 2-0 win over Nantes last weekend, scoring a goal at the start of each half.
Metz have now returned to the Stade Saint-Symphorien where they will be hoping to see another threat from striker Fabien Centonze.
The Frenchman accomplished a brace in the 3-3 draw mentioned by Lille that he could get him happy in the fight against Reims’ weak defence here.
The guests played two contradictory games in their first two rounds.
Spanish coach Oscar Garcia scored a goal in Nice earlier in the day as part of a six-goal thriller last weekend (3-3) at home against Montpellier.
Metz vs Reims Head to head
This picture has become a recurring theme in this short game history.
Up to 10 of the 19 H2H fights between the two halves ended without a winner.
Interestingly, Reims managed to win just three wins in this series.
Metz have won and drawn two games in the last four games against Reims.
Only if one of the last six points and points between the two halves is reduced to less than three goals.
Metz vs Reims Prediction
Reims have yet to beat Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien (four-six losses in ten games). Looking at the display of these two teams at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign, the chart really looks like the most exciting with three results here.
Since the two outfits showed signs of careless defence in the first two games, we were given a 2.00 test given for the purpose in both finals.
Kevin N’Doram left the field with an injury over the weekend which proved to be a broken bone and he must have been out for a few months.
He joins the likes of Farid Boulaya, Warren Tchimbembe and Opa Nguette in the Metz recovery room, while Manuel Cabit is sad for the moment.
Boubakar Kouyate will replace N’Doram, however, having suspended his team for a red card in the opening game against Lille, he should have promoted the defence – after which, they gave him one goal on the field. four without.
Arber Zeneli suffered a hamstring injury in Reims’ opening night, doubting he is now 26 years old.
There are also minor injury problems for Ghislain Konan, Fraser Hornby and Anastasios Donis, who will likely need two more games before returning.
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Metz possible starting lineup
Oukidja; Bronn, Kouyate, Udol; Centonze, Pajot, Maiga, Sarr, Delaine; Niane, Sabaly
Reims possible starting lineup
Rajkovic; Gravillon, Faes, Abdelhamid; Foket, Cassama, Locko, Chavalerin; Cafaro, Mbuku; Ekitike