Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Metz and Nice take on each other at Stade Saint-Symphorien in what is expected to be an exciting Ligue 1 encounter. Les Grenats suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Strasbourg (0-1) and Toulouse (0-3) in the previous two league matches and it is no wonder the bookies see them as underdogs in Saturday’s encounter. All Benjamin Tetteh, Joseph Nduquidi, and Maxime Colin are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
Les Aiglons, on the other hand, have been in a fine form of late, with the team winning three of their last four league matches, while sharing the spoils with Brest. Nice are more of a team than Metz and we predict that the visitors are going to showcase their quality on the field. Sofiane Diop and Antoine Mendy should be the only absentees in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Dante):
Dante is a left-footed defender who was born in Salvador, Brazil on 18 October, 1983. The 189-cm-tall centre back, who is capable of playing as a left back as well, started his senior career at Juventude. After making 53 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2004 he moved to Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
He played for Belgian sides Charleroi and Standard from 2006 to 2009 and on 27 December, 2008 he signed a contract with Borussia M’gladbach for an undisclosed fee. After impressing with the Fohlen in the 2011/2012 Bundesliga campaign he moved to Bayern Munich at the end of the season and it has to be noted that he scored three goals in 83 league appearances for FCB.
In 2015 he signed a contract with fellow Bundesliga team Wolfsburg and he played 24 league games for the Wolves in the 2015/2016 season. In 2013 he won the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich and he lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil the same year.
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.