FC Metz v RC Strasburg: Ligue 1 Action on Match-day 20

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Metz at home against RCSA – Sunday – 3:00pm GMT – The Stade Saint Symphorien.

When RCSA visit the Stade Saint Symphorien they will be sat in tenth place in the League. Metz, currently 18 will face an up-hill battle to handle the visitors.

This season’s Ligue 1 campaign, has so far seen FC Metz achieve 16 points

Metz come to this fixture on the back of a 1-1 away draw against Lyon at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Also, Metz have been unable to find the winning strategy now for 16 of their last 19 matches, a habit that must be broken if they want to end with a positive season. With 16 points, they currently sit eighteenth in the League. The breakdown for the team’s record is 3 wins, 9 losses and 7 draws having won three meetings, drawn seven meetings, and lost nine fixtures.

When Metz host RCSA, they will do so on the back of one win, four draws, and four defeats on their own ground.

Winning this fixture will see FC Metz on 19 points.

Metz’s squad will likely be depleted of nine of their key players when they start on Sunday, due to injury or illness.

RC Strasburg go into this meeting with 26 points secured

It was a humbling defeat at the hands of Olympique de Marseille for Julien Stephan’s men in their last match, they will be hoping to get something out of this game for sure.

Also, slow and steady wins the race, RCSA are showing that they know by avoiding defeat in six of their last seven matches. With a tenth position in the league and 7 wins, 6 losses and 5 draws, they currently have 26 points in the League having won seven fixtures, drawn five matches, and lost six meetings.

RCSA’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Metz. In the 8 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won two games, drawn three games, and lost three fixtures.

A win in this fixture would take RC Strasburg’s points to 29 in the League.

Good Attacking Performance

RCSA have a good scoring record this season, with 34 netted so far (30 from open play and four penalties). This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Ludovic Ajorque (9), Habib Diallo (8), and Adrien Thomasson (6). RCSA have conceded 24 goals.

RCSA are no strangers this season to illness and injury and Julien Stephan is concerned that Sunday’s fixture could see him without two of his key players

FC Metz v RC Strasburg – Head-to-Heads.

Regarding their historical duels Metz and RCSA have faced each other 39 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Metz’s favour (21 – 8). Further, Metz recent form against RCSA has been outstanding, winning on thirteen out of the last 19 matches.

The odds look good for RCSA, which currently sit at 56.5 percent in favour.

Other standout players for Metz are Fabien Centtonze and Farid Boulaya with four goals and three goals respectively and for RCSA are Habib Diallo and Adrien Thomasson with eight goals and six goals respectively.

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