France Ligue 1 – Metz v Monaco Preview (1/10/16)

ligue-1-mastertemplateMetz preview

  • The newly promoted side have surprised everyone by winning 4 of their 7 games and are flying high at the moment.
  • A couple of recent worrying signs though. They got easily beaten at home to Bordeaux last time out and were extremely fortunate to win 1-0 at Montpellier last week.
  • Should name a similar team to the one which won last week and confidence is in the squad at the moment. You feel like luck and the force is with them.

Monaco preview

  • Heading into this match on the back of Champions League game against Leverkusen on Tuesday night. This isn’t something which has bothered Monaco before though.
  • There’s always the possibility of some squad rotation though, especially facing a team like Monaco.
  • Falcao is ruled out injured whilst wide players Benjamin Mendy & Adama Traore are both doubtful. Important midfielder Bakayoko is suspended.
  • Monaco are second in the table after winning 5 of their 7 games. They have to keep picking up three points against the likes of Metz.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Monaco really should be winning a match like this and their price is reflective of that fact.
  • However, Metz are a bit of a fluky team and have shown no fear this season since their promotion. They have a knack of getting results at the moment.
  • Monaco have a habit of labouring to wins against lesser teams. They only just saw off Angers 2-1 in their last game and got hammered 4-0 by Nice in their previous away match.
  • I’m expecting an away win, but with odds around the 1.80 mark I’m happy enough to leave them alone.

Prediction: 1-2

Recommended bet: None