Montpellier vs Metz
French Ligue 1
Date: Saturday, 24th September 2016
Kick Off: 19:00 BST
Venue: Stade de la Mosson.
Montpellier has not won since the opening day of the season and is fast becoming the draw specialists of Ligue 1. They have drawn already 50% of their games and they come into this match after having suffered a crushing 5-1 defeat away to Lyon.
They will also be without left back Morgan Poaty who was sent off after just 8 minutes in the Lyon defeat.
Metz’s solid start to the season has taken a dip in recent weeks with a 0-0 draw against Dijon and then losing to Bordeaux at home 3-0. The club have now slipped down to 9th place. Away from home Metz are undefeated in two games. The club have not scored for two matches.
Montpellier vs Metz: Head to Head Stats
Montpellier has won the last two encounters and at the last match at the Stade de la Mosson they won 2-0. In the 2000’s Metz had a good record in the South of France but it’s hard to draw on because these two sides have not met each other frequently in recent times.
Counting just Ligue 1 matches it’s all square with two wins apiece. Six from 8 fixtures has seen both teams get on the score sheet.
Montpellier vs Metz: Prediction
Last week we predicted that Mevlut Erdinc who has 5 goals this season would score. He failed to do so for Metz but we will try again for this prolific striker. Metz have arrived early to prepare for this game and will want to make an impression. The problem as ever for the home side is that they deal well with possession but hardly create any chances. Metz could surprise them.
Montpellier vs Metz: Bet Tips
Anytime goal scorer Mevlut Erdinc (Metz) at 12/5 (4.00)
Metz to be leading 1-0 at Half Time at 6/1 (7.00).
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