Metz vs Laval by Lucien
Metz goes into this game after two consecutive victories in previous ten days, which put them to third position at the table. However, with thirty-nine points earned, they have only one point more than fourth placed Le Havre and fifth Clermont, so there is no doubt that the team remains in a must win situation and needs to keep winning in next weeks too, in order to separate themselves from the closest followers.
They come from a narrow victory away to Evian last Friday evening, with the only goal being scored in fourth minute via Bekamenga. It was generally a balanced game, but the players of Evian still looked a bit more active on the field, since the visitors had the lead and were satisfied with it. Their previous victory was a narrow one at home over Creteil 2:1, while the target here stands nothing less but another three pointer. Atmosphere in the locker room is going into the positive way for now. Defensive midfielder Cheick Doukoure (4/1) is long term absentee. Offensive Kevin Lejeune (17/5) is also out, same as defenders Ivan Balliu (14/1) and Jonathan Rivierez (8/1) all due injuries.
Laval, on the other side, comes into this game after a goalless draw at home against Niort last Friday evening. The teams shared ball possession, but the players of Laval have used their possession much better and had more concrete chances - however without real effectivity in front of opponents goal.
Scoring goals is something that worries them generally this season, since the team scored only one goal on average per game so far in the season. Playing away from home didn't bring them much luck this season, since the team has five consecutive defeats on the road in all competitions and no three pointer in Ligue 2 away matches in last nine games. Naturally, a point here would be close to a pleasant surprise for their fans. Visitors will be without suspended defender Adrien Monfray (22/0). they also miss defender/midfielder Fouad Chafik (23/1) two very important players. Sidelined with injuries are also less important midfielders Valentin Launay (0/0), Gabriel Etinof (3/0), forward Duckens Nazon (8/1) and newly signed striker Valentin Lavigne from Lorient.
Metz have everything what it takes to get a victory here. They should be able to overpower Laval at least a bit easier than the current odds represent.