Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Out-of-sorts Metz did well to share the spoils with Rennes in their last league match, but that did not help them escape the relegation zone. The rock-bottom side continue to struggle in the Ligue 1 and they are on an eleven-game winless run in the French top flight ahead of the trip to Montpellier. La Paillade, on the other hand, are undefeated in previous six league fixtures and they are sitting in the top half of the table ahead of Saturday’s football match. Montpellier are more of a team than Metz and seeing that les Grenats suffered four defeats in previous five away games in the national championship, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Metz defeated Montpellier in each of their two meetings in the Ligue 1 last season and we predict Michel der Zakarian’s men are going to get their revenge on the Stade Saint-Symphorien outfit.
Highlighted Player (Paul Lasne):
Paul Lasne is a product of Bordeaux football academy, but he did not play for les Girondins at senior level. After ending his loan spell with Chateauroux Lasne signed a loan deal with Ajaccio in 2010 and he proved his worth in the 2010/2011 Ligue 2 campaign. As a result, he was offered a permanent deal by the club chiefs and it has to be noted that he played for Corsican side from 2011 to 2014. After scoring four goals in 89 appearances in the league for Ajaccio, the 186-cm-tall midfielder joined Montpellier in the summer of 2014, signing a four-year contract with La Paillade. Paul Lasne scored three goals for Montpellier, while providing two assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. Despite being left-footed, his main position is right midfield, but he is used as both central and defensive midfielder as well. The Montpellier footballer was born in Saint-Cloud, France on January 16, 1989 and his agent is Henri Zambelli.
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.