Metz vs Marseille by Kamlesh
FC Metz have shown a decent fighting spirit in recent weeks as they have lost only once in their last five games, with two draws and two victories. They played against PSG on Tuesday and unfortunately suffered defeat but during the weekend, they had managed to hold Bordeaux to a 1-1 draw on away grounds.
Lots of important players are in the treatment room for Metz notably main goalkeeper Carrasso (20/0), defender Guido Milan (24/1), defender Sylvain Marchal (17/0), defender Rivierez (8/0), midfielder Krivets (22/1), midfielder Rocchi (3/0), forward Kwame N'Sor (7/0), forward Juan Falcon (19/4) and forward Vion (5/0).
FC Metz have scored at least one goal in their last four games and they have even scored against Bordeaux and PSG in these matches. Players such as midfielder Florent Malouda (24/3), midfielder Bouna Sarr (27/2) and striker Modibo Maiga (21/9) have been driving the team forward successfully by creating chances and scoring goals. However, the defensive department has been awful and injuries to important players in the squad, especially in defence are making the team more vulnerable to opposing attacks. They have conceded at least one goal in their last four games and conceded at least three goals in three of these four matches, highlighting their weak defence.
Following an excellent start in the 2014/2015 season, Marseille had been tipped to be among the title contenders. However, they are having a really bad slump in form this month. In fact, they have lost all their four matches played in April and their chances of qualifying for champions league are decreasing as they are lying in fifth position on the league table. Last friday, they suffered a humiliating 3-5 home defeat against Lorient and after the match, head coach Marcelo Bielsa claimed that the team is in crisis and they need to remedy the situation quickly.
Defender Jeremy Morel (28/1) is suspended while defender Djedje (31/0) and defender Mendy (30/0) are doubtful to play as they are injured and will most probably miss out. Midfielder Barrada (9/1) is also sidelined through injury.
Marseille have an attacking philosophy and they currently have the third best attack in Ligue 1. In their last 18 games in all competitions, they have scored at least one goal in 15 of these matches. Striker Gignac has already racked up 18 goals till now in 34 appearances and he is the second top scorer in Ligue 1. However, they have been really poor in defence and the defenders as well as the goalkeeper have looked disorganized in recent games. They have conceded at least one goal in their last five games in all competitions and in their last game (against Lorient), they conceded an incredible five goals at home.
Both teams have looked dangerous on the offensive department as they somehow manage to create chances and score goals but with defensive frailties along with key players missing in defence, they have both failed to protect their net so far. Both teams are in a must win situation and as such, they will both do maximum to push forward and score goals. Henceforth, the game will be open with chances to score from both sides and it will most likely involve several goals. Last three encounters between these two teams have all ended in three or more goals being scored.
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