In the first match of day 32, Metz and Lille meet at Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien. Les Grenats do not seem to be at the top of their game, with the team having a variety of defensive issues in back-to-back losses to Rennes (1-3) and Monaco (0-4), and it is no surprise that they are considered underdogs in Friday’s match. Suspension also held both seasoned defender John Boye and first-choice goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja out of the lineup.
METZ VS LILLE PREDICTION : 0 – 2
Les Dogues, on the other hand, did well to defeat PSG in the Ligue 1 derby at Parc des Princes, reclaiming first place in the standings. Lille are desperate to end PSG’s reign as French champions, and they can take advantage of Metz’s current form. Tiago Djalo, a defender, is out due to injury, but David could return in time to tackle les Grenats.
PLAYER TO WATCH :
Opa Nguette made his senior debut for Mantes in 2011 after spending his youth career at Mantes and Valenciennes. He returned to his boyhood club Valenciennes in 2012, and between 2012 and 2016, the attacker scored 8 goals in 60 appearances for the club.
Opa Nguette is currently playing in Ligue 1 with Metz, where his contract will expire on June 30, 2019. The pacy footballer, who can play on both sides of the field, has three caps for the France U20 team, but he made his senior debut with Senegal. On his debut for Senegal, Opa Nguette played 65 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Nigeria.
In the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season, the Caen striker, who was born in Mantes-la-Jolie on July 8, 1994, scored four goals for Metz. During the season, he also assisted three times for his teammates, and it’s worth noting that he only played 33 games for les Grenats.
HIGHLIGHTED TEAM :
Since their inception in 1944, Lille has played an important part in French football. In the 1945-1946 season, Les Dogues won their first domestic cup.
Lille did well to capture their second Ligue 1 title in 1954, and they won their final domestic title 57 years later. Les Douges ended the 2010/2011 season in first place, eight points ahead of Olympique Marseille, and it should be remembered that Lille attacker Moussa Sow was named Golden Boot winner (25 goals).
Lille is one of only two teams to win the Coupe de France three times in a row (1946, 1947, 1948), but they are yet to win the Coupe de la Ligue. In the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue final, Les Dogues faced PSG, but the Parisians proved to be a difficult opponent for Frederic Antonetti’s side.