Lyon vs Metz
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 26th February 2017
Kick off at 16:00 UK Time / 17:00 CET
Venue: Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon.
Lyon have scored 11 goals in their last two competitive matches at home and so Metz will have to be at their best to get anything from this game as Lyon try and secure a European place for next season.
On Thursday in the Europa League they demolished AZ Alkmaar 7-1 to win 11-1 on aggregate and advance to the quarter finals where they will meet Italians Roma. Lyon beat Dijon here last week 4-2 though it did take two late goals to get victory. But the team at least at home are on fire and goals aren’t just limited to the forward line, any one it seems can score for them and that can only be good news.
The last time Metz came up against a top four side they were beaten 5-0 by Monaco and they will have an understanding that they come here to defend in large numbers and try to counter attack when they can. Away from home Metz have not won in almost 3 months and from 13 games played they have just 3 victories; they have also scored just 7 goals on the road all season.
Lyon vs Metz: Head to Head Stats
This fixture at Lyon has been played five times since the turn of the century and Lyon has 5 wins. The correct score of 2-0 has been successful in three of these matches. From 10 meetings in Ligue 1, Lyon has 8 wins, Metz 1 win and 1 draw. 60% of games has ended in 3 or more goals.
Lyon vs Metz: Predictions
In four of their last five away games Metz has conceded at least two goals, it is hard to think that this trend won’t continue here. Lyon needs a win to keep inside the top 4 and try and take pressure off. Not only should this be a home win it should be a convincing one.
Lyon vs Metz: Betting Tips
Lyon to win and over 2.5 goals to be scored at 8/13
Anytime goal scorer Maxwell Cornet (Lyon) at 13/10
A red card (sending off) to happen in game at 9/2