Bordeaux vs Metz
French Ligue 1, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 12th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux.
Bordeaux welcome Metz in the second round of French Ligue 1. The two sides have the opposite aspirations in the forthcoming season as the hosts will fight for UEFA Europa League, while Metz are expected to finish the season in the lower part of the table. Therefore, Bordeaux are set as justified favorites.
The home team has commenced the season in the domestic league with the 2-2 draws in Angers. However, the season has started earlier for Bordeaux as they were playing in UEFA Europa League qualification where they were knocked out by Hungarian Videoton due to away goal rule. It was a painful defeat for the French side and they might struggle to find the motivation in the upcoming period.
Metz had an inconsistent period during their preseason matches. They were beaten by Auxerre while drawing St. Liege and Crystal Palace. Metz defeated only Eupen, the struggling Belgian team and lower-league Colombian Locmine.
Metz started off the season on the wrong foot as they were outplayed by Guingamp on the home turf in the first round. Despite breaking through with a goal in the 15th minute, Metz collapsed in the later stages of the match and gave all three points over to Guingamp.
Bordeaux vs Metz: Head-to-head
Back in April when the two sides met, Bordeaux cleanly won 3-0. Metz are without a league victory over Bordeaux since 2004. The last time visitors triumphed in the competitive match was back in 2007 within a Coupe de la Ligue clash.
Bordeaux vs Metz: Prediction
Bordeaux are looking excellent at the moment and they are eyeing the first victory of the season in front of their fans. Metz are still struggling to find consistency, and they are unlikely to bring any points back from Matmut Atlantique visit.
Bordeaux vs Metz: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Bordeaux -1 Asian Handicap at the odds of 1.80.
If you prefer higher risk and reward you can go for Correct Score 2-0 at the odds of 8.00.