Lens vs Metz
Coupe de France – Round of 32
Date: Sunday, 8th January, 2016
Kick off at 13:15 UK Time
Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens.
Ligue 2 side Lens get to take on Ligue 1 side Metz in what should be a close game in the Coupe de France. Lens are doing well in Ligue 2 and hoping for promotion as they prop up in 3rd position. They have lost just 1 game in their past five matches and they have 32 points just three behind the current leaders.
At home Lens has won 16 points from 27, and even though it isn’t the best record they have only lost once at home. Their big problem has been the number of draws; currently they have drawn 49% of their games at home.
Metz could be heading back to Ligue 2 as they are 18th and currently in the relegation zone. They haven’t won a game since beating Toulouse 2-1 six matches ago stretching back to late November. Away from home they have lost their last 3 games in a row and are currently losing 60% of their games on the road.
It’s true that they will step down a level to play Lens but both coaches will understand that the reality is that these teams will play on an equal playing level.
Lens vs Metz: Head to Head Stats
Lens won this fixture 1-0 when the teams last played in 2016 at this ground. Six from the last ten fixtures played home or away has ended in fewer than 3 goals. Lens has won the last 3 games played at home versus Metz. Three of the last five matches has been 0-0 at half time.
Lens vs Metz: Prediction
This isn’t an easy match to predict with regards to who will qualify, because both teams are of equal quality. This shouldn’t be a memorable match and we won’t witness many goals. So it is the goals market that has the biggest draw to us in this fixture.
Lens vs Metz: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70)
Correct Score: Half Time: 0-0 at 13/8 (2.63).