France Ligue 1 – Metz v Lille Preview (4/11/17)

Match Preview

First game in charge for new Metz coach Frederic Hantz, who I actually think is a terrific appointment. He has a good past pedigree in this division and his sort of style should suit Metz. This is a battle between the bottom two teams in the division and I’m expecting an open fixture. Often when two poor out of form teams play each other then things can get a bit frantic, and you've got to think both outfits will fancy their chances of the win. Both desperately need a victory and indeed the pressure is desperately on coach Marcelo Bielsa. He could be on his last legs and defeat would probably see him sacked. I don’t know why Metz are +0.25 underdogs and they look a good value bet to me. Who would back Lille as a favourite in any fixture right now? They look a mess, devoid of confidence and with the new manager factor to consider, I’m firmly in the Metz court for this one.

Prediction: 2-1

Recommended bet 1 unit: Metz +0.25 @1.86

Recommended bet 1 unit: Over 2.25 goals @1.92


Player importance explanation: K =Key, X =Regular XI starter, B = Bench player