Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Metz will be aiming to make amends for a heavy 4-0 loss to Monaco when they take on Lorient at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien on Matchday 18. Les Grenats have been struggling at the back of late, with the team dropping to relegation zone, but this game could be the turning point for the hosts. All Sarr, Gueye, and Yade are pushing for a start, while Kevin N’Doram, Habib Maiga, Matthieu Udol, and Manuel Cabit are out of contention with injuries.
Les Merlus, on the other hand, extended their losing run to six games as they were beaten by Nantes in front of home fans at the weekend. Since Lorient are low on confidence ahead of Sunday’s clash, we not believe that Metz will have a better chance than this to get back on course. All Jeremy Morel, Fabien Lemoine, and Moritz Jenz are sidelined with injuries for the visiting side.
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 (Lorient):
Founded back in 1926, Lorient is a French football club that competes in Ligue 1. Les Merlus have yet to win the Ligue 1 trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the Coupe de France in the 2001/02 season. In the title game, Lorient defeated Bastia thanks to Jean-Claude Darcheville’s goal.
The same season les Merlus made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Bordeaux proved to be a big catch (0-3) for them in the title game. Lorient welcome their rivals at Stade du Moustoir, the stadium which can hold up to 16,392 spectators. The colour of the team’s home shirt is orange with a little black on it, while white is the dominant colour of their away jersey. In the 2002/03 season Lorient represented France in European competitions.
Les Merlus, though, failed to impress on their debut in the UEFA Cup as they were beaten by Denizlispor in the round 1 double-header.