Brest vs Metz (By: Alcuni)
Brest – Metz
Third derby of the round brings face-to-face two of the promotion contenders Brest and Metz.
Brest finished on a promotion play-off spot last season but lost the semifinals 0-2 versus LeHavre. That game see them in a difficult situation at the time, Brest having a lot of squad problems for that game. Hence, no surprise losing 0-2. Following this, Brest tried to keep the same squad but left the team important players. In defense they kept all important players but left the team captain Gourgi ( retired), Berthomier, Gastien, Sissoko,Ngassaki, Labidi, striker Diallo (at Metz), Coeff and others. But they replied good signing with Ayasse, Court, Belkebla, N’Goma and prolonged the loan for J. Pi. With one of the best/experienced coach in Ligue 2 I see Brest will be once again involved in the promotion race. I remember last season, they had a slow start at home losing some important points who counted a lot in the end. 2wins 1 draw and 1 defeat in friendlies 8-5 goal difference. Some problems for this game as Faussuries and Court are injured while Butin is suspended.
Metz relegated from Ligue1, finishing rock bottom with only 26 points. Only 6 wins in 38 rounds and 76 goals conceded – too less to stay in Ligue1. They changed the coach bringing Antonetti instead of Hantz plus a long list of new players. Two new GKs Oukidja from Strasbourg and Delecroix from Lorient who will try to make forget the Japan Kawashima. New names is Metz camp are: Sunzu, Boye. Angban, Diallo ( returned from loan at Brest) Gapka, Dosevvi, Fofana, Hein, and others. AS the players who left the squad along main GK Milicevic, Mandjeck, Diagne, Palmieri, Didillion, Gonzalez, Niakhate, Mollet and other. So we will see a new Metz in this season. With 4 wins a draw and 1 defeat in friendlies, Metz scored 10 goals and conceded 5( but they met 2 teams from Luxemburg 5-1 at general versus those).
What to expect after we saw a single goal in first 2 derbies of the season ( AC Ajaccio – Troyes 0-1 and Lorient – LeHavre 0-0). Perhaps another similar game keeping in mind that Antonetti (Metz’s coach) have a defensive style. Expect a prudent game from both a game that probably will end all square. Back the draw. gl
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