Our football match prediction:
Against all odds, Metz recorded a 1-0 win at Angers on Matchday 5. Les Grenats were without Assou-Ekotto and Riviere in Sunday’s football match, but they showed character and managed to pick up all three points from the game. Metz, though, are still sitting in the ultimate position in the Ligue 1 standings, but a win over Troyes could see them escape the relegation zone. Troyes have been struggling in front of goal of late and they failed to score in three of their previous four league fixtures. Both teams are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s relegation six-pointer, but we are tempted to put our money on Metz, who proved their worth in the triumph over Angers. You should bear in mind that Metz are after their third consecutive win over Troyes in competitive matches and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Didillon):
Thomas Didillon joined Metz football academy at the age of 11 and he spent no less than six years at the club. The 193-cm-tall goalkeeper made his debut for the Metz first team on May 16, 2014 in a goalless draw with Stade Lavallois and he made 27 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Ligue 2 campaign. Didillon managed to keep 13 clean sheets for the club during the season and, no doubt, he helped Metz secure promotion to the French top flight. The French shoot-stopper played 32 games for les Grenats in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign and he kept nine clean sheets, while conceding 64 goals in the process. During the 2014/2015 season Thomas Didillon played for Belgium side RFC Seraing on loan and, speaking of his international career, the goalkeeper represented France U16, U18, U19, U20 and U21 teams in the past. Didillon was born in Seclin (France) on November 28, 1995 and his preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Troyes):
Founded in 1986, Troyes are considered one of the youngest clubs in French Ligue 1. Troyes returned to the top flight at the end of the 2016/2017 season, with the team finishing the regular season in third place in the Ligue 2 standings. Jean Louis Garcia’s men proved their worth in the promotion play-offs, with the team beating Lorient in the two-legged tie. Troyes are well known for their blue shirts, but they wear white when playing on the travels. Stade de l’Aube is the club’s home ground and the stadium can hold up to 20.400 spectators. The venue was built in 1924, but it was renovated on two occasions (1956, 2004). The club have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but in 1956 they made it to the French Cup final. Troyes faced Sedan in the title game and they were totally outplayed by Louis Dugauguez’s troops (3-1) at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Roger Courtois’ team were three goals down after 57 minutes, but five minutes later Fernand De Vlaeminck scored a consolation goal for the Stade de l’Aube outfit.