Metz vs Chateauroux by Neuro
Match between Lens and Metz offered a real spectacle as the match finished with a 3:2 victory for Lens, while both teams put great effort in order to obtain points. Visitors took the early lead in the score, but Lens turned the situation into 2:1 lead in 50th minute. By completing one hour of play, Metz equalized but just few moments later the home side scored the third goal that turned out to be a winning one.
Final result seems to be a fair one, as the home side showed that they wanted the victory a bit more. Despite defeat in that match, atmosphere in Metz remains at the very good level. Newcomers in the league are very well aware that they have a great potential as a club, but still not forgetting that they are new in the league and will have to make slow and steady steps. This is the first defeat for them after six undefeated game, as it surely didn't affect the atmosphere between the players knowing that playing away against Lens is one of the toughest games on the road. Hosts will continue playing this game without striker Sakho (8/5) and defenders Marchal (6/0) and Milan who is without participation this season.
Chateauroux is coming from an easy, fast and clearly deserved victory over Niort 3:0 in the last weekend's game. Everything went on their side as the hosts earned a clear penalty in 31st minute, while the visitors stood with a man less from then on. All things on the field took it's natural course from then on, as the hosts got into a 1:0 lead and dominated the rest of the game, while the visitors from Niort were powerless to react and avoid defeat.
Second consecutive positive result for them surely boosted their psychology as the team previously drew 1:1 away to Arles. Important element of their morale improvement is that the team has conceded sixteen goals till previous round, but on contrary has managed to keep the clean sheet against Niort. The coach Tolot has asked for concentration, seriousness and continuity of hard work so the team can improve even more. Target of the team is not to lose in this game, although they know it will be very tough, while any other result would make another surprise in the club. Visitors will be counting five absences for today's game as the miss midfielders Tainmont (5/0), Chamed (no participation yet) and de Freitas (4/0), missing out also striker Dupuis (4/2) and defender Afougou (6/0). This problems surely can't leave the visitors unaffected as their roster is limited.
Metz will surely have much more of a game in this match tonight. They will surely try to attack from the first minute and will surely be having many opportunities to hurt the defense of the visitors that wasn't at their best for the most of the season. Visitors on the other side, coming into this game with improved morale will also try to score making this game more open than the bookies represent.