Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Sunday’s football game at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien pits together Metz and Dijon, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. Metz aim to build on back-to-back wins over Saint-Etienne and Nimes, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Dijon. The likes of Pajot, Boye, Ambrose, Niane, Cabit, Traore, and N’Doram are all sidelined with injury, but they were not sorely missed in the previous two league fixtures.
The Owls, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, with the team collecting three points in total from possible 27. The rock-bottom side have yet to record a win in the new season, meaning that les Grenats are likely to extend their winning run in Ligue 1 to three games. Both Chala and Sammaritano have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Amalfitano and Benzia remain on the sidelines through injury.
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 (Dijon):
Founded in 1998, Dijon is a result of a merger between two local clubs. The Mustards played their first ever match in the Ligue 1 on August 7, 2011, with the team suffering a heavy 5-1 loss on their debut in the French top flight. After suffering relegation to Ligue 2 at the end of the 2011/2012 season, the club returned to the French elite division in 2016.
The Mustards finished the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign in 16th place in the standings, only one point clear of the relegation zone. Dijon are well known for their red jerseys, while they wear white when playing on the road. The Mustards welcome their rivals at Stade Gaston Gerard, the venue which was both built and opened in 1934. In the 1998/1999 season the club recorded a historical 12-1 Coupe de France win over Mahault Baie and that is considered the club’s biggest ever win in a competitive match.
Stephane Mangione, who made 181 appearances for the club, is regarded as one of the team’s famous players.