Sunday – 9:00pm GMT – the Stade Yves Allainmat.
Visitors Metz, will be keen to maintain or improve their League position, (tenth), when they face seventeenth placed Lorient.
It’s 38 points so far for FC Lorient this season, going into this match
Having lost to Lyon in their last game, Christophe Pelissier’s men must reset and try to gain a positive result in this match.
Their position is seventeenth in the League, and they have 38 points having won 10 meetings, drawn eight games, and lost 18 fixtures.
Playing at home, Lorient have won nine matches, drawn two meetings, and lost seven games.
A win in this fixture, would take FC Lorient’s points from 38 to 41, so far this season.
Lorient’s squad has depth, but even so, Christophe Pelissier is likely to be missing five of they key players when they start Sunday’s game.
FC Metz’s Ligue 1 season, has so far seen them gain 46 points, going into this game
Metz suffered a home loss to Nîmes in their last outing, they will doubtless be keen get a positive outcome in this fixture.
Frederic Antonetti knows that a run of eight losses in 13 meetings for his Metz side, is going to be a tough run of form to change. However that is exactly what he must try to deliver. With tenth, they currently sit 46 points in the League having won 12 games, drawn 10 matches, and lost 14 fixtures.
Metz’s away record is remarkable and poses a significant threat to Lorient. In the 18 games they’ve played on the road this season, they have so far won seven meetings, drawn six matches, and lost five fixtures.
A victory for FC Metz would put them on 49 points.
Metz may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.
FC Lorient v FC Metz Head-to-Heads.
Lorient and Metz have faced each other 16 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Lorient’s favour (7 – 5). Additionally, Lorient recent form against Metz has been outstanding, winning on seven out of the last 13 matches.
For Lorient, Terem Moffi has netted
14 goals in 36 League games this campaign, while Ibrahima Niane scored
six goals in 36 League fixtures this season for Metz.
Other standout players for Lorient are Yoane Wissa and Laurent Abergel with goals each} and for Metz are Farid Boulaya and Aaron Leya Iseka with goals each}.