Metz vs Lorient
Metz made a surprising victory last time out, since the team comes from a three pointer taken away from home against Toulouse 2:1 last weekend. However, it must be said that the visiting side wasn't that dominating and didn't press much in order to win, but still did what was needed to score goals and get the double lead after fifty minutes of play thanks to goals from Jouffre (from penalty kick) and Mandjeck in 48th minute.
Players of Toulouse had more of the ball control, but weren't that fluid with the ball to their feet, still managing to reduce the deficit in fifth minute of additional time via Edouard. This was second undefeated game for Metz, as the team previous took a goalless draw at home against St Etienne, having previously three defeats in a row. They are now at 12th position with five points more than red zone placed Nancy, but also five below fourth placed Lyon, with their path yet to be determined.
Home side should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Lejeune, Diallo and Nguette as forwards. Forward Mevlut Erdinc (12/6) is injured, as well as midfielder Vincent Thill (1/0). Doubtful for this match are midfielders Yann Youffre (6/2) and Florent Mollet (10/0).
Lorient, on the other side, continued with unimpressive performances this season, as the team comes from a convincing defeat at home against Monaco last weekend 0:3. The game was actually quite equal in the first halftime, with neither of the teams trying much, but once the players of Monaco took the game more seriously, it was easy for them to dominate the game and get the victory easy.
Falcao opened the scoreline in 64th minute, Lemar added second just three minutes later, while Boschilla sealed the victory with a goal in second minute of additional time. It was sixth game in Ligue 1 without a victory for Lorient, as the team remains at the rock bottom position with only seven points earned out of thirteen rounds, being already five points below safely placed sides Nantes.
Visitors from Lorient are set to play in 4-3-3 formation with Waris, Marveaux and Moukandjo as forwards. Goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte (12/0) is injured, as well as central defender Michael Ciani (8/0), midfielder Faiz Selemani (3/0) and forward Benjamin Jeannot (2/0). Offensive midfielder Walid Mesloub (10/0) is suspended. Central defender Zargo Toure probably ins't ready for all ninety minutes.
Metz have showed much more so far in the season and are coming from a morale boosting victory away to Toulouse. Lorient, on the other side, is far away from Ligue 1 standard on the road with all six defeats and I can't see them walking away with something against decent side Metz.