Our prediction for this Coupe de France match:
Valenciennes and Metz take on each other at Stade du Hainaut in the Coupe de France last 32. Valenciennes quickly bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Clermont, with the team beating Toulouse in their last Ligue 2 game. Les Atheniens did well to shock Reims in their Coupe de France opener, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Metz.
Les Grenats, on the other hand, aim to make amends for the Ligue 1 loss to Angers, and you should bear in mind that they are on a three-match winning run on the road. Anyhow, given Valenciennes’ display in the triumph over Reims, we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils at Stade du Hainaut in 90 minutes. In their last meeting in a competitive match Metz crushed Valenciennes 3-0, but a close encounter is on the horizon this time out.
Highlighted Player (Opa Nguette):
After spending his youth career at Mantes and Valenciennes, Opa Nguette made his senior debut for Mantes in 2011. In 2012 he returned to his boyhood club Valenciennes and it has to be noted that the attacker scored 8 goals in 60 appearances for the club from 2012 to 2016.
Opa Nguette is currently playing for Metz in Ligue 1 and his contract with the club expires on June 30, 2019. The pacey footballer who is capable of playing as both left and right winger has three caps for France U20 team, but he made his senior debut with Senegal. Opa Nguette played 65 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria on his debut for the Senegal national team.
The Caen attacker, who was born in Mantes-la-Jolie on July 8, 1994, scored four goals for Metz in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. He made three assists for his teammates as well during the season and you should bear in mind that he played 33 games in the league for les Grenats.
Highlighted Team (Metz):
Thanks to amalgamation of two amateur clubs Metz were founded in 1932 and soon they became a professional team. Les Grenats are one of the oldest professional teams in France, but they have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy. Metz finished the 1997/1998 season in second place in the standings and it has to be noted that they were level on points with champions Lens (worse goal difference).
However, les Grenats won Coupe de France on two occasions (1983/1984, 1987/1988), with the team beating Monaco and Sochaux respectively in the title games. Emmanuel Adebayor is considered one of the most famous players who whore Metz jersey and you should know that the Togolese attacker scored 15 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club.
Metz play their home games at Stade Saint-Symphorien, the venue which was opened back in September, 1923. Les Grenats wear red shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whilst the colour of their away kits is white.