France Ligue 2 – Metz v Red Star Preview (4/12/18)

Match Preview

Here we have a battle between top and bottom of the table and it could turn into a bit of a mis-match. I think it’s fair to say that Metz haven’t been at their best in recent weeks an you have to go back as far as mid October for the last time they were truly dominate in a match when they beat Niort 3-0. Since then, Les Grenats have had to labour their way and grind out some victories - goalscoring has been reduced in the team. But this is still a quality squad with plenty of depth and they can even rotate tonight if needed. I expect to see a few changes to freshen up the side, which might actually do them some good.

Red Star travel here in really poor form and it’s clear they are the worst side in Ligue 2 at the moment. A change of coach hasn’t really helped matters. They managed to fluke a 1-1 draw at Brest which is their only crumb of comfort in the last few weeks. Red Star have been hammered 0-3 at home to Beziers & Troyes and also lost at Nancy 1-0, but it could've been by a bigger margin. I just don’t see much hope for this team, they look far too disjointed and lack overall quality. Metz should be able to assert their authority on the fixture and I’m surprised a -1.25 Asian line can be backed around the even money mark. I think it should be a shorter price and this is an ideal chance for Les Grenats to get back to claiming a comfortable victory.

Prediction: 3-0

Recommended bet: Metz -1.25 @2.01

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