Lyon vs Metz by Isaiah
Lyon interrupted their great streak with a defeat in Coupe de France during the midweek away to Nantes in a 3:2 loss. Even though they opened the game in best possible way with a goal in fifth minute via Lacazette, their hosts were simply much more combative during the match and deservedly surprised the opponent who is obviously thinking much more about league competition.
In next fifteen minutes, hosts reverted the score with two goals from Bessat, while the same player sealed the victory in 89th minute, after Fekir's equalizing goal at the start of the second half. As said, there is no doubt that Lyon thinks much more of league matches and that nobody will be downhearted with this defeat as they have a chance to win the title this season. Important central defender Milan Bisevac returns from injury to replace Lindsay Rose (5/0) in the heart of defense, as the latter picked up a thigh injury, but anyway wouldn't be considered once Bisevac is fit. Offensive midfielder Yassine Benzia (5/2) is close to fully regain his fitness and play again normally when needed. Mouhamadou Dabo and Jordan Ferri are set to start from the off this time out, while Yoann Gourcuff will be hoping to gain some playing time in this clash. Left back Henri Bedimo (15/0), forward Mohamed Yattara (12/1), central defender Bakary Kone (12/1) and offensive midfielder Clinton N'Jie (16/1) are out at African Cup of Nations.
Metz, on the other side, passed successfully their opponent in 1/32 round of French Cup, as the team had to overcame obstacle called Avranches on Tuesday evening but only after the extra-time played. Visitors were much more dominant, but only managed to get into the lead after 93 minutes played, getting the qualification with goals from N'Dar, Sarr and an own goal from home defender.
Quality difference was obvious in the regular time as well, but the visiting side completely took advantage of exhausted home players later on in the extra time. As for the league, Metz is looking for a victory since 1st Novemeber when they defeated Caen at home, being with no three pointer in last nine matches, having only two draws in the progress. They are on the verge of getting into the relegation zone, being tied up with Evian on 18th position while the atmosphere inside the locker room is nowhere close positive one. Forward Federico Andrada (10/0) is out injured, while the visitors miss five players out at African Cup of Nations. Absent are defensive midfielder Ahmed Kashi (12/1), goalkeeper Anthony Mfa Mezui (9/0), striker Modibo Maiga (12/4) and central midfielder Ferjani Sassi (1/0) and finally, defensive midfielder Cheick Doukoure (12/1).
Lyon seems to be in a perfect for right now and surely won't blow their chances in title race at home. At least not till they are doing well like they did in previous weeks and surely not against such a low profile and out of form opponents like Metz that currently is.