Metz vs Monaco
2017/18 French Ligue 1
Date: Friday, 18th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien, Metz.
The reigning champions Monaco will face Metz at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien. Jardim’s men obviously enjoy playing against Metz since they have a magnificent record against them.
After two games in the French elite, Metz are one of the six teams that are yet to register points. In the first match, they were beaten 1-3 by Guingamp on the home turf, while a week later they lost in Bordeaux with 2-0. This season, Metz could easily face the relegation struggles since the newly-promoted sides look a lot stronger than them.
Monaco lost several important players during the transfer window, but they didn’t hesitate to reinforce their squad. El Tigre is aiming the top scorer’s title in Ligue 1 this season as he already netted four goals after the hat-trick against Dijon.
Monaco’s defense suffered a lot, so their matches will most likely come down to the efficiency of the strikers.
Metz vs Monaco: Head-to-head
Monaco were flawless against Metz in the last five games, so the hosts every reason to be scared ahead of the Friday’s duel. Monaco won the last four games at Municipal Saint-Symphorien, with the most notable 0-7 victory, when Metz suffered one of the highest home defeats ever. In the last five games overall, Monaco haven’t allowed a single goal to Metz.
Metz vs Monaco: Prediction
Jardim’s men will have the upper hand in this duel, and anything less than a victory would represent a surprise. Falcao is on fire and he will most likely compete with Cavani for the top scorer title in Ligue 1. Metz had a solid spell last season on the home turf, but they can’t parry the top teams in France such as PSG, Monaco and Lyon.
Metz vs Monaco: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Monaco to win at the odds of 1.36 @ Bet365.
Value is in backing Monaco on -1.5 Asian Handicap at the odds of 2.02 @ Bet365.