Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Metz and Monaco take on each other at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien in the Ligue 1 round 30. Les Grenats are stuck in the relegation zone with 23 points, with the team eyeing their first league win since January 16, 2022. Metz are five points behind the safe zone, meaning that Sunday’s clash is of big importance for the home team. Anyhow, home win should not be considered as les Grenats head into the match with a severely-weakened squad.
Both Vincent Pajot and Boubakar Kouyate are banned for the match, while the likes of Kana-Biyik, Delaine, Traore, Maiga, Centonze, and Udol should miss out with injuries. Monaco, on the other hand, did well to crush PSG 3-0 in their last league match to keep their Europa League hopes alive. Les Rouges et Blancs regained a much-needed confidence before the international break, and given Metz’s poor form, away win should be considered. As for the visitors, both Cesc Fabregas and Krepin Diatta should miss out with injuries.
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 (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season.
The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs.
AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.