France Ligue 1 returns this Friday with Strasbourg and Metz that will face each other at Stade de la Meinau. Three defeats across their opening five matches represent not an ideal start to the new Ligue 1 season for Strasbourg. They have conceded 11 goals so far and scoring only seven goals. Strasbourg narrowly avoided relegation last season by finishing just two points above the bottom three. It seems that things haven't changed because Strasbourg isn't performing very well in this new season. They were defeated by Angers, PSG and Lyon and were able to win against Brest at home. Their last match was against Lyon, and they lost 3-1. On the other side, Metz has accumulated only 3 points from their five matches of the season. They have struggled to maintain the result against Clermont and Lille and were able to collect only one point in each game. They keep the 17th position in the table, scoring six goals and conceding ten. Their last match was against Troyes, where they were defeated, with the result 0-2. Both teams come to this match with a clear objective: to take three points and climb a little in the table.
Metz has 20 wins and nine draws, while Strasbourg has been victorious seven times in 36 previous meetings. Strasbourg was unbeaten in this fixture last season, playing out a 2-2 draw at the Stade de la Meinau before claiming a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture. If we analyze the last ten games, we can see a slight advantage of Metz. They have won five games, drew four, and lost only one. In this match, the favorite team to win the game is Strasbourg.
For Strasbourg will miss Ibrahima Sissoko due to a knee injury. Another big problem for Strasbourg will be the injury of Moise Sahi and Lebo Mothiba that are also set to miss out because of injury. They will have the right-back, Karol Fila, back after serving his suspension in the match against Lyon. On the other side, Metz will miss several players like Farid Boulaya, Opa Nguette, and M.Cabit.
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Both sides had struggled somewhat up to now in this campaign. For both teams, the attackers struggle to find the net, and midfielders and defenders solve the games. For Strasbourg, the best scorer so far is the midfielder Thomasson with two goals. On the other side, the best scorer for Metz so far is the defender Centonze. Strasbourg is a powerful team when they play at home, so it's not going to be very easy for Metz to take points there. Bookmakers see Strasbourg the favorite to win this match with 1.85 odds, against 4.50 odds for Metz to win. The odds that the match finishes in a draw are 3.60. As for Livestream, you can watch the game at OneSoccer, Univision, FOX Network, FOX Sports, Bein Sports, Digitalb, Arena TV. You can also check the odds or watch the match even on betting platforms like Bet365, 1xBet, William Hill.
Prediction: OVER 2.5
- Date: September 17, 2021
- Time: 21:00 (CET)
- Venue: Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)