Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Buoyed by the Coupe de France win over Bordeaux, Nice will be aiming to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Metz in the Ligue 1 round 19. Les Aiglons are on a five-game winning run at home and, as a result, the bookies see them as hot favourites to pick up all three points from Saturday’s clash. All Youcef Atal, Hichem Boudaoui, and Jeremie Boga are on international duty, while both Romain Perraud and Sofiane Diop miss out through injuries.
Les Grenats, on the other hand, are on a six-game losing run in all competitions, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on Nice, who have turned their Allianz Riviera into a real fortress. All Ablie Jallow, Lamine Camara, Fali Cande, and Kevin Van Den Kerkhof are on international duty, while defender Christophe Herelle is sidelined through suspension.
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.