France Ligue 1 – Metz v Bordeaux Preview (21/9/16)

metz-bordMetz preview

  • The relegation favourites have surprised so far, only losing 1 out of 5 games.
  • Very good team spirit and togetherness, they are relishing being underdogs.
  • Right back Jonathan Rivierez is injured and midfielder Cheick Doucoure is suspended.
  • They join wide players Yann Jouffre & Opa Nguette on the sidelines.
  • Metz are defending a 100% home record.

Bordeaux preview

  • Have won 3 out of 5 games but struggled at the weekend, losing 0-1 at home to Angers.
  • It may be early in Jocelyn Gourvennec’s reign, but Bordeaux are already showing major signs of inconsistency.
  • The traditional Bordeaux injury problems are starting up again. The midfield trio of Sertic, Vada & Ounas are all doubtful and will probably miss out.
  • Striker Jeremy Menez is also rated doubtful whilst Diego Rolan is suspended.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • Metz have been better than most people expected and have been especially impressive at home.
  • Despite that, they are a +0.25 underdog here with Bordeaux perceived as the better team.
  • The visitors have picked up some good results but there seems to be no consistency with them.
  • Both teams are missing a few players so there are some question marks on either side.
  • Difficult match to predict. It doesn't offer much betting appeal, so I’ll leave it alone.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None

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